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Photography Exhibition

Fall 2021

Alexander Henderson The St. Lawrence River in spring, opposite Montreal, about 1870. MP-0000.299.2 © McCord Museum

Alexander Henderson

To mark its 100th anniversary, the McCord Museum will present an exhibition in the fall of 2021 devoted to photographer Alexander Henderson (1831-1913). Born in Scotland, Henderson was 25 when he arrived in Montreal in 1855 eager to explore Canada’s wilderness. Photography would be his observation tool and means of artistic expression.

Although he is not well known by the general public, his landscapes of the Montreal area, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, remote regions of Quebec and the Rocky Mountains have garnered high praise in Canada and abroad.

The McCord Museum has the largest Henderson collection, with more than a thousand photographs and the family archives. This first retrospective exhibition will showcase the career of this iconic artist in the history of Canadian photography.

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

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