A photostory combines images and text to tell a story. For the Still Photography Division, the focus of the story was Canada.
Through photographs and photostories, a portrait of nationhood was created and promoted within Canada and abroad. Photographers were hired and commissioned to crisscross the country in search of images, while text and layout were completed by staff in Ottawa.
Photostories contain wonderful stories about Canada, its people and its achievements. They were published in Canadian and international newspapers, magazines and publications and reached a wide audience. Crafted to fulfil the Division’s mandate to interpret Canada to all Canadians, they also represent the language, perspectives – and biases – of their time.
Today, the photostories are yours to discover. Search this virtual exhibition by year, location, photographer or subject, and let your curiosity guide you from one story to another.
Image captions: 1. Photostory #330: Scubadivers Study Submarine Scenics: Canadian Oceanographers in Their Element. Chris Lund, 1963 2. Photostory #391: ISIS -- International Satellites for Ionospheric Studies: Canada's Future Space Probes Taking Shape. D. Welland, 1965 3. Photostory #90: Spring tonic for Canadian Women: $40 Million a year for Hats. Gar Lunney, 1956 4. Photostory #403: In Canada: The World's First Commercial Food Irradiator. Ted Grant, 1965 5. Photostory #127: Canada’s Wheelchair Athletes: Paralympic Players Prepare. André Sima, 1957
Supported by the Scotiabank Photography Program at the National Gallery of Canada