May 05, 2016


It’s hard to imagine a building anywhere in the world that has had a more dramatic impact on the face of a city than The Sydney Opera House. Designed in 1957 by Danish Architect, Jorn Utzon – who won an international design competition commissioned by the New South Wales Government -  the white sails on the face of The Opera House have been a barometer for the mood and energy of the city ever since.

When you live in Sydney, you come to appreciate The Opera House in a deep and wonderful way. You see it in part between the buildings as you walk through the CBD, see it change colour with the passing of a storm or the gathering of clouds, or glow with projections on momentous occasions.

Over almost 50 years, it has played host to some of the country’s most remarkable performances. It was where Crowded House said Farewell to the World in 1996. Where Nelson Mandela made his address to the nation in 1990. And where La Stupenda made her final performance in 1991.

This season at Herringbone Sydney, we asked photographer Tom Blachford to capture the many moods of The Sydney Opera House. What we got was a collection of photographs that encapsulate the landmark’s powerful energy and form. A building worth more to the city than the performances held inside its walls or the space it so graciously occupies.

We start with the city.

This is The Sydney Opera House.