Notman - Musee McCord

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Travelling exhibition

Available as of fall 2017


A Visionary Photographer

Travelling exhibition presented at the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau, Québec, from November 23, 2018 to April 14, 2019.

This exhibition offers a new perspective on the career of William Notman (1826–1891), Canada’s most important nineteenth-century photographer. It demonstrates how Notman owed his success to the modernity of his approach to photography – an approach founded on principles of communication and innovation.

Organized thematically, the exhibition features over 250 photographs and objects drawn primarily from the McCord Museum’s collection. While focusing on vintage prints, displays are supplemented by multimedia installations and interactive devices that provide dynamic contextual information and help clarify nineteenth-century ideas of modernity for a contemporary audience.

Exhibition information

Hélène Samson, Ph.D., is a photography historian and the Curator of the McCord Museum’s Notman Photographic Archives since 2006. She has curated more than twenty exhibitions at the McCord Museum featuring contemporary photographers such as Lynne Cohen, Mimmo Jodice, Benoît Aquin and Claire Beaugrand-Champagne, and a number of historical photographers, including Edward Curtis, Alexander Henderson and William Notman.

The McCord Museum will send the photographs to the borrowing venue fully packed and will make the transportation arrangements for the incoming and outgoing shipment. Exhibition text, graphics and AV will be provided in English and French in electronic format. Specific requirements for display will be supplied.

The richly illustrated, 250-page catalogue of the exhibition, Notman: A Visionary Photographer, published by Hazan (Hachette), will be available for the venue’s boutique. A comprehensive media package in English and French will also be available in electronic format.

Requires between 4,000 to 6,000 square feet or 400 to 600 square metres

Minimum three months

Starting Fall 2017

Upon request

Geneviève Lafrance, Head, Exhibitions

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