Through its research program, collections and exhibitions, the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada attracts enthusiasts and professionals in various disciplines from all over the world.
Located in Ottawa, and integrated within the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Photography Institute is accessible to the general public and researchers. It offers an incomparable environment for study, viewing and exhibitions.
The Institute is managed within the National Gallery of Canada administration by curators, conservators, librarians, archivists and collections and exhibitions management professionals. What they all share is a passion for photography.
A centre of national and global importance, the Canadian Photography Institute is a historic first for the National Gallery of Canada. The Institute has been founded on the creative partnership of David Thomson, Scotiabank, the National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
The Institute is supported through a partnership with the Archive of Modern Conflict and Toronto collector and philanthropist David Thomson. A long-standing patron of the Gallery, Mr. Thomson has donated significant gifts for the Institute, which continue to attract other major support and fortify the Institute’s position as a global leader.
Scotiabank aims to engage Canadians with photographic art, helping to connect the public with a deeper understanding of the issues and forces of our time. As the Founding Partner, Scotiabank has pledged $10 million to the Institute in support of programs and research. The gift is the largest donation in Scotiabank’s 183-year history and celebrates its ongoing commitment to photography in Canada.
By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally.
From emerging talent to historical archives and established artists, the Canadian Photography Institute is the place to see and study photography in all its forms.