The Australian woolshed is quintessential Australian architecture, steeped in our history and folklore.
Blown by ferocious seasonal winds, bleached bare by hot summer sun, survivors of flood, pests and fire, these buildings are synonymous with the harshness of the surrounding landscape and a testament to farmers' ingenuity, courage and resourcefulness. But recent years have seen times a'changing. The national flock has more than halved from its high of 180 million and this, combined with new health and safety regulations, are closing many sheds. They are fast becoming a silent symbol of our past.
One of Australia's finest photographers, Andrew Chapman, has embarked on a passionately ambitious project to record woolsheds in every state, capturing the grand as well as the everyday. This is an invaluable historical record of an Australian icon at the end of an era.
About the Author
Born 1954 in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Chapman Studied photography at Prahran College of Advanced Education in the 1970's under the guidance of well known photographers John Cato and Athol Smith. Andrew graduated with Honours from Prahran CAE in 1980, where he also won the Agfa Award for Printing Excellence.
He worked as a newspaper photographer 1978-80, 1982-86, in suburban press and on freelance daily news assignments.
As a freelance photographer (1985-2006), Andrew has worked on numerous assignments for Time, Business Review Weekly, The Bulletin and Who Weekly magazines. With more than a dozen Time covers to his credit, he has covered subjects as diverse as Heroin Dealers, Bushfires, Prime Ministers, Presidents and Celebrities. Many prominent Australian and overseas corporations as well as government departments have commissioned Andrew to work on their Annual Reports and company magazines.
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st November 2011
Dimensions (cm): 21.000 x 28.0