Photography in Canada, 1839-1989: An Illustrated History
Published by: Art Canada Institute
Imprint: The Canadian Art Library
Sales Date: 2024-05-03
Available: May 2024
460 Pages, 8.00 x 11.00 in
Not Yet Published
This publication is the first comprehensive book on the history of photography in Canada. It addresses an artform like no other: ever since its invention in 1839, photography has revolutionized the way that we understand ourselves and our country. From the moment the first visionary practitioners in Canada took up cameras to create portraits, capture landscapes, and record history, photographs have played a pivotal role in shaping national identity while offering compelling opportunities for creative expression.
Photography in Canada, 1839-1989 offers an unprecedented exploration of a fascinating history. Authors Sarah Bassnett and Sarah Parsons take readers into Canada's earliest studios, follow the adventures of geographic expeditions, trace the significance of cameras for soldiers in battle, reveal the roles of imagery in colonial oppression and resistance, and examine how photography has transformed the artworld. Celebrating the work of internationally renowned creators like William Notman, Jeff Thomas, and Suzy Lake, as well as dozens of images by lesser-known figures, the book provides a remarkable new history of major developments in portraiture, landscape, ethnography, photojournalism, family and street photography, art, and advertising.
Introduction by Sara Angel
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