David Then & Now, 2005
75 framed chromogenic prints
253.4 x 315 cm overall; frame: 35.8 x 28.2 cm each
Purchased 2006 with the support of Members and Supporting Friends of the National Gallery of Canada and its Foundation
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (no. 2006.26.1-75)
"David Then and Now" originated with "A Portrait of David", an exhibition project Lexier began in 1993 in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, that presented seventy-five photographs of men aged one to seventy-five - the life expectancy of Canadian men - all of whom were named David. Arranged chronologically, the photographs in "A Portrait of David" made visible the life span of the average man, demonstrating both the universality and uniqueness of the aging process. Revisiting the project a decade later in "David Then and Now", Lexier invited the same men to be re-photographed, creating a comparative study of what ten years looks like and drawing attention to the various effects of time. Of the original models, forty-eight were still available, twelve had relocated, nine could not be found, and six had died.