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Exhibitions

Library and Archives Canada - Early Exploration Photographs in Canada

24 May 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Gallery A102a

LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA

Early Exploration Photographs in Canada
 
Assiniboine and Saskatchewan Exploratory Expedition (1858)
North American Boundary Commission (1858–62; 1872–75)
Geological Survey of Canada (1871)
Canadian Pacific Railway Surveys (1871–79)
Geological Survey of Canada (1878–79)
 
This exhibition, drawn from the extensive collection of the Library and Archives of Canada, focuses on nineteenth-century exploration photographs taken by four individual photographers and one group of explorers. The exploration parties were organized by the Canadian and British governments with the intention of fixing boundaries, determining sites for resource development, ascertaining routes for railways, and assessing areas for settlement, agriculture, and industry. The expeditions produced some of the earliest known photographs of the prairies, the interior of British Columbia, and western Ontario. As much as these photographs are informative documents, many are also beautiful and engaging images. They represent a time just before enormous change for Aboriginal peoples and fur-trade culture, when governments began to establish their authority over lands in the interior of the North American continent and to encourage the influx of settlers.
 

 

Charles Horetzky
<em>Salmon Cove, Nasse River, looking north</em>, 1873
Albumen print
Library and Archives Canada / e011067227

Charles Horetzky Salmon Cove, Nasse River, looking north, 1873 Albumen print Library and Archives Canada / e011067227