A centre of national and global importance, the Canadian Photography Institute is a historic first for the National Gallery of Canada. The Institute has been founded on the creative partnership of David Thomson, Scotiabank, the National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.


The Institute is supported through a partnership with the Archive of Modern Conflict and Toronto collector and philanthropist David Thomson. A long-standing patron of the Gallery, Mr. Thomson has donated significant gifts for the Institute, which continue to attract other major support and fortify the Institute’s position as a global leader.


Scotiabank aims to engage Canadians with photographic art, helping to connect the public with a deeper understanding of the issues and forces of our time. As the Founding Partner, Scotiabank has pledged $10 million to the Institute in support of programs and research. The gift is the largest donation in Scotiabank’s 183-year history and celebrates its ongoing commitment to photography in Canada.

National Gallery of Canada Foundation

By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally.

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