David McMillan

Vancouver, British Columbia

1981
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Throughout his career, David McMillan has maintained a fascination with urban landscapes and built environments. His present work focuses on Chernobyl and the area affected by the nuclear power plant accident in 1986. His previous projects, a sample of which is seen here, take the cityscape as their subject. In these works, McMillan approaches the urban landscape for its formal possibilities, often focusing on the relation between culture and nature. He structures the photograph tightly, emphasizing the connection between shapes and lines provided by different architectural and sometimes natural elements. With this approach, the human world appears ordered, controlled and self-contained. Colour is an important expressive quality; one that Canadian photographers began to seriously explore in the 1980s. In these Ektacolor prints, McMillan exploits soft early evening light, and the long shadows generated, to impart a comforting glow to his works.
Title
Vancouver, British Columbia
Date
1981
Medium
Photograph
Materials
chromogenic print (Ektacolor)
Dimensions
40.6 x 50.8 cm; image: 36.6 x 46.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1982
Accession number
EX-82-227