The variety, width and breadth of photographic culture in Canada is extraordinary, and Canadian photographers are among the most prominent and influential in the world today. From classic street photography, documentary images and landscape imagery, to experimental abstractions and conceptual work, photography is an area of particularly rich exploration in our country. Photography in Canada 1960–2000 is the fifth in a series that presents the Gallery's Photographs Collection, and this catalogue is the first to be published by the newly established Canadian Photography Institute (CPI).
The Intimate World of Josef Sudek examines how Sudek’s photographs reflect his relationship to the world around him; his endless fascination with light and its absence led him to create some of the 20th century’s most haunting images of nature, monuments, city streets and objects. This generously illustrated catalogue offers a compelling view of Sudek’s photographs and the rich artistic environment of Prague in the decades before and after the Second World War.
The Canadians features nearly 80 photographs, taken from The Globe and Mail’s vast archives. These press photographs were originally made to illustrate news stories, mainly from the 1950s and 60s, and held no aspirations to be works of art. However, freshly edited in homage to the great photobooks of the period, they describe Canadian culture during a time of transformation. The book begins with an insightful and irreverent introduction by Douglas Coupland, bringing together themes illuminated in these photographs, and guiding us through a vanished Canada that still resonates.