Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge: Henri Mallard

Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge: Henri Mallard

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was as innovative in its construction methods as it was modern in its design. This is a specially selected exhibition of work that illustrates Henri Mallard’s affinity for his times and connects us to the birth of this world famous icon and the people who built it.

On 19 March 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened to the public and in 2012 the iconic bridge celebrated its 80th anniversary. Photographic supply store worker, Henri Mallard, set himself the daunting task of documenting the momentous and historic construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. One of the few photographers permitted to ascend its heights, Mallard focused on the engineers, dogmen, riveters and labourers who risked their lives daily.

The images convey the modernism and innovation that inspired awe and admiration amongst the public and celebrate one of the truly great engineering feats of the twentieth century.

The Australian Centre for Photography is proud to make this collection of photographs printed by celebrated Australian photographer David Moore for us all to enjoy.

Exhibition Details

ACP Pop Up Gallery, 16 November – 10 December 2016
Liverpool Regional Museum, 25 February – 13 April 2019 

All images © ACP and the artist