Through its research program, collections and exhibitions, the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada aims to attract enthusiasts and professionals in various disciplines from all over the world. Located in Ottawa, the Gallery’s stunning building, accessible to the general public, offers an incomparable environment for study, viewing and exhibitions.


The Institute is managed within the Gallery administration, with a staff made up of expert curators, conservators, librarians, archivists and collections management professionals. Dedicated to the preservation, advancement and dissemination of the medium, what they all share is a passion for photography.

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As the first Director of the Canadian Photography Institute, Luce Lebart is responsible for the Institute’s overall management, including its exhibitions and programs, physical, financial and human resources, and growth and development. As the former Director of Collections and Curator at the Société française de photographie, Lebart was responsible for the management, conservation and integration of collections within the network of France’s Bibliothèque nationale de France. Her research has been dedicated to scientific and documentary photography, notably the history of archiving and photographic techniques and processes.

Senior Curator of Photographs

Ann Thomas has organized numerous exhibitions and installations and is the author of several catalogues and publications, including Lisette Model (1990), No Man’s Land: Lynne Cohen Photographs (2001), Modernist Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada (2007) and The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography (2014). She is the editor of Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science (1996).

Chief, Restoration and Conservation

John McElhone initially planned to become a scientist and obtained a biochemistry degree from McGill University. But while working as an installation technician at the McCord Museum, he decided to pursue graduate studies in conservation at Queen’s University in Kingston after completing a fine arts degree in photography. This was followed by a fellowship at the Public Archives of Canada. He started working at the National Gallery in the 1980s, preparing the daguerreotypes collection for display. He became Chief Conservator, Restoration and Conservation in 2011.

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