The Research Fellowship Program of the Canadian Photography Institute encourages and supports advanced research in the study of the history and criticism of photography. The Program emphasizes the use and investigation of the CPI collections, including those of the Library and Archives.
Lola Alexander, a doctoral student in art history and theory at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, will examine the work of 5 Canadian Indigenous photographers to explore how the artists use or reference historical photographs.
Hilary Dow, a MA student in art history at Carleton University, will explore the role of women in photography and in nineteenth century photography albums in the CPI collection.
Martha Langford, Research Chair and Director of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, will pursue two projects: the research and writing of a comprehensive history of photography in Canada and a collection of essays on the development of photographic studies in Canada, from 1968-1983.
Karla McManus, an art historian, and Andreas Rutkauskas, a photographer, will research the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division publication Between Friends / Entre amis, a gift from the Canadian government to the United States at the time of its bicentennial. They will examine how the publication came about, its legacy and impact.
Marjolaine Poirier, a doctoral student at the Université du Québec à Montréal, will research the production and circulation of stereoscopic views of Quebec City and Montreal between 1850-1885 in the CPI collection to explore the relationship between the views of the cities and the construction of imaginary places.
Audrey Sands, a doctoral student in the history of art at Yale University, will research Lisette Model’s years working for Harper’s Bazaar and her teaching.
The jury for the CPI Fellowships was composed of Thierry Gervais, Assistant Professor at Ryerson University and Head of Research at the Ryerson Image Centre; Joan Schwartz, Professor and Head of the Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University; and Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator, Canadian Photography Institute, National Gallery of Canada. Submissions were judged on the significance, originality, goals, potential contributions and feasibility of the proposal, as well as on the need for and the benefit to be derived from enhanced access to the collections of the Gallery, and, conversely, the relevance to the research community of this exploration of the Canadian Photography Institute’s collections.
We are delighted to welcome this second group of Research Fellows to CPI. We look forward to making the Institute’s many resources available to inform and enrich their projects, and in turn, to gaining a better understanding of our collections through their research.
The Canadian Photography Institute will launch its next call for applications for research fellowships in February 2019.
The program is open to photography experts – historians, curators, independent researchers, artists and other professionals in the visual arts and museology fields or related disciplines – working in Canada and abroad. It includes a full-time residency at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, and a maximum of $10,000 CAD per applicant, including expenses and allowances. More information about the program’s terms and conditions will be available at gallery.ca/cpi/research/fellowship. Interested candidates may also contact Cyndie Campbell, Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowships Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CPI Research Fellowship Program is made possible through the support of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation and Canadian Photography Institute’s Founding Partner, Scotiabank.
Art historian Michael Blum, professor at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of the Université du Québec à Montréal will study the role photography played in the National Film Board of Canada’s efforts to build a Canadian identity.
Madalena S. Kozachuk, a doctoral student with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario, will focus on CPI’s collection of daguerreotypes for her conservation-restoration research.
Sophie Guignard, a doctoral student in art history with the Université du Québec à Montréal, will examine the archives of the exhibition Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists, organized in 2008 by the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP).
Researcher and lecturer Serge Allaire will use the Institute fellowship to compile bibliographies of photobooks from the National Gallery of Canada library.
Paul-Louis Roubert, researcher and senior lecturer at the Université Paris 8, will study a specific period of the history of the CPI collection focusing on the acquisition of French "primitive" photographs which took place under the supervision of James Borcoman, Curator of Photography, from 1964 to 1984.
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.