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Cutline presents more than 200 photographs drawn from the remarkable collection of negatives and prints from the archive of The Globe and Mail, an encyclopedic collection in the process of being donated to the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. Powerful and provocative, these images of war, political events, social revolutions and cultural icons offer a lens through which visitors can glimpse some of the defining moment of twentieth-century Canadian life. The iconic photographs also shine a light on the inner workings of a newsroom, and the way photojournalism operated in a pre-digital age.
A “cutline” is the descriptive caption on the back of a photographic print. Cutlines from the period have been selected for each of the twelve panels that group a selection of conventions and practices used by news photographers and picture editors. While these pictorial conventions would have been less apparent to the daily reader of the newspaper, the patterns emerge through the accumulated archive. These reductive journalistic texts retain the authentic voice of the Cold War era from which the exhibition is derived. It’s a voice echoed by the montage of interviews pieced together from Canadian documentary films and set against an animation of still photographs and news images edited by Arthur Lipsett in his seminal film, Very Nice, Very Nice (National Film Board of Canada, 1961), which form a backdrop to the exhibition. A newly commissioned animation of prints from The Globe and Mail and a film of the now-obsolete industrial technology of the newspaper factory play alongside. An additional framed exhibition of 35 prints within the exhibition, The Canadians plays off of certain visual tropes found in the direct, grainy and distinctly un-glamorous images in Robert Frank’s controversial and landmark book The Americans, first published in France in 1958 and in the United States one year later.
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