Alexander Henderson - Temporary exhibition at the McCord Museum

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Photography Exhibition

From June 10, 2022, to April 16, 2023

Alexander Henderson, Regulating dam, Blanche River near Derry, Ontario, about 1866. MP-0000.267.1 © McCord Museum

Alexander Henderson

The McCord Museum has the largest collection of work by the photographer Alexander Henderson (1831-1913) with more than one thousand vintage prints and the family archives. Born in Scotland, Henderson arrived in Montreal in 1855 at the age of 24 eager to explore the Canadian wilderness. Photography became his tool of observation and his means of artistic expression during the pivotal period before and after Confederation.

This first retrospective exhibition will showcase the aesthetic power of his photographs. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the colonial vision that comes through his images of the land and its inhabitants.

Although relatively unknown to the general public, Henderson’s views of the Montreal area, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, remote regions of Quebec and the Rocky Mountains contributed to the development of landscape art in Canada.

This project was made possible in part through Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program.

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