Douglas Snelling ca 1964 (Max Dupain).

Douglas Snelling died with little fanfare in 1985. But his current supporters in Sydney want to see his achievements and 30th anniversary celebrated at California's Palm Springs Modernism Festival in 2015.

Potentials for a travelling exhibition to show Snelling's oeuvre to 21st century fans of modernism are being discussed among a small group of architects, historians and curators in Sydney, Wellington and Los Angeles.

The exhibition would mainly rely on photographs taken of Snelling's most outstanding buildings by Max Dupain, Sydney's mid-century answer to legendary LA photographer Julius Shulman. It also could include examples of the 1946-48 furniture designs, images of his late 1940s commercial interiors, original plans, press clippings and personal memorabilia.