Introducing #PhotostoriesFriday: Instagram Stories from Canadian History
In the post-war, nation-building period of the 20th Century, the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division, which served as Canada’s official photographer, produced an extensive series of work they called photostories.
What was a photostory?
A typical photostory was a selection of three to six photographs arranged in a half- or full-page layout, with descriptive texts and titles.
Like an advertisement, or a printed public service announcement, photostories were ready to be re-printed in magazines, newspapers, government documents, and other publications, in Canada and around the world, from 1955 to 1971.
Now part of the National Gallery of Canada collection, more than 800 photostories have been digitized and are presented in a new virtual exhibition. Browse the archive by subject, location, or date. You can even create your own photostory by using the website’s app!
Watch the Gallery’s Instagram Stories on the last Friday of every month to discover twelve photostories about a variety of topics, from the maple sugar harvest in Québec, to studies of the Arctic, or the total solar eclipse of 1963.
Starting April 26, 2019, learn about “Gardener's Gold,” an especially rich type of soil and the imported earthworms used to produce it in 1955. Then, join the conversation on your favourite social media using the hashtag #PhotostoriesFriday.
Picturing Canada’s history
Photostories were created to promote Canadians and their achievements. Products of their time, they represent an idealized (at times, stereotypical) image of Canada, which we can look back on from many points of view.
Make use of Photostories.ca at your leisure and according to your interests, whether they are nostalgic, educational or a bit of both! Researchers, teachers, students, and enthusiasts are all welcome visit the website for reference, for inspiration and maybe even for a little fun!