Les Belles Soirées

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Notman’s Portraits : Between Conformity and Fantasy

Les Belles Soirées

In the context of the exhibition Notman, A Visionary Photographer, the McCord and Les Belles soirées de l’Université de Montréal invites you to a talk given by the exhibition’s curator Hélène Samson who will discuss highlights from the museum’s large collection of Notman portraits.

William Notman (1826-1891), who founded his first photography studio in Montreal in 1856, was the first Canadian photographer to achieve international renown. His name is associated to hundreds of thousands of portraits that paint a fascinating picture of Montreal  and Canadian society in its early days.

Notman understood how much each person valued their image. He was an accomplice to clients who flocked to his studio looking for a portrait that matched their own notion of self. Although most of Notman’s clients desired portraits that conformed to the stereotypes of high society, for many a photographic sitting was an act of creation. Hélène Samson, curator of Notman, A Visionary Photographer, on display at the McCord Museum from November 4th, 2016 to March 26th 2017, will guide attendees through astonishing portraits, showing that the Notman studio was also a kind of theatre where anyone could choose to embody another character.

Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum

In partnership with Université de Montréal’s Les Belles Soirées.
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