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David Potts

1926 - 2012

David Potts was born in 1926 and commenced training in photography through the Commonwealth Repatriation Scheme after leaving the RAAF in 1946. He continued his training at the Sydney studios of Russell Roberts and Laurence Le Guay before moving to London in 1950. There he pursued a career in photojournalism freelancing for newspapers and magazines such as the Observer, Life and Picture Post. Potts returned to Sydney in 1955 exhibiting in the influential group exhibition 'Six Photographers' along with Gordon Andrews, Max Dupain , Kerry Dundas, Hal Missingham and Axel Poignant. Their work focused on the subject matter through the use of spontaneous images - avoiding the more staged approach of contemporary fashion and advertising photography.

Between 1960 and 1965 Potts ran his own studio in Sydney. He is recognised as a pioneer of Australian documentary photography.