18 May 2009 Words and Images: MiSociety
Katarina Stuebe and The Sydney Opera House – a love story
When Katarina Stuebe arrived in Sydney to study architecture, like most new arrivals, she grabbed her camera and the first place she headed for was the Sydney Opera House. That first visit instigated her ongoing love affair with Sydney’s iconic building.
That love affair culminated this week with the launch of her photography journal ‘Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, a Tribute’. Katarina’s journey to bring her photos of ‘The House’ to the world has forever enmeshed her with the Utzon family through the late Jorn Utzon who never saw his iconic masterpiece at Bennelong Point in it’s completed form. Jorn was so taken with her photos he wished for them to be presented to a larger audience.
In the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House Katarina finally presented her works to the world with her parents silently weeping and Jorn’s son Jan Utzon proudly looking on. I suspect it’s a rarity in Sydney that a young speaker could hold a room of journalists, publishers and the like spell bound for a good 30 minutes. But Katarina did just that as she told the tale of her passion to publish her photography as her memorial to an architectural giant.
Amongst the launch crowd was Barry Crocker brandishing historical newspaper clippings proclaiming how he was to be the first ever performer televised from the Opera House. Barry’s search to obtain the clippings has ignited a proposal to collate some of the Opera House’s early history for an exhibition.
Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, A Tribute by Katarina Stuebe and Jan Utzon – Published by Reveal Books, May 18 2009, rrp $95 Distributed by PeriboShare
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