28 Oct 2016 - 02 Apr 2017
Canadian Photography Institute Galleries
Windows have fascinated artists for centuries. In photography, the transparency and reflectivity of glass as both a subject and symbol have made windows a particularly popular theme. Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been attracted to the subject, whether as an exploration of still life, portraiture, popular culture or even abstraction. With their ability to both reveal and obscure, to challenge ideas about the viewer and the viewed, or to dissolve the boundaries of inside and outside space, windows have been used as a metaphor for the act of looking itself. See how this theme has been expressed by photographers Eugène Atget, Nathan Lyons, Clara Gutsche, Pascal Grandmaison, and Phil Bergerson.
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Eugène Atget, Boulevard de Strasbourg, 1912, printed c. 1935, Gelatin silver print, 23.3 × 16.9 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Gift of Dorothy Meigs Eidlitz, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, 1968 Photo: NGC