A sumptuous celebration of one of the world's most striking photograph collections at the National
Gallery of Canada. This publication explores the historical and art historical context of these photographs
and the deepening of our understanding of their physical nature. In 1967 when the collection was
established the photography market was in its infancy and the collection reflects the availability of in-depth
collections of work by some of the forefathers of the medium such as Charles Negre, William Henry Fox
Talbot, Gustave Le Gray and Roger Fenton among others. Within a few short years of starting to build the
collection the science of photographic preservation and conservation was making remarkable
strides and influencing the acquisition and exhibition of photographs in museums.
164 artists are included in this text, such as: Benoit Aquin; Diane Arbus; Eugene Atget; Nicolas Baier; Edouard Baldus;
Brassai; Julia Margaret Cameron; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Lynne Cohen; Benjamin John Dancer;
Walker Evans; Robert Frank; Lee Friedlander; Isabelle Hayeur; Arnaud Maggs; Robert
Mapplethorpe; John Max; Lisette Model; Eadweard Muybridge; Charles Negre; William
McFarlane Notman; Marc Ruwedel; Josef Sudek; and William Henry Fox Talbot. Vernacular and
news photographs by unknown photographers will also be included.
Ann Thomas, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Canada. John McElhone, Chief, Conservation and Technical Research, Canadian Photography Institute. Marc Mayer, CEO and Director, National Gallery of Canada. James W. Borcoman, founding Curator of the photographs collection, at the National Gallery of Canada.