Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Faces, Places, Traces fill National Gallery of Canada spaces

Ottawa, Canada - February 4, 2004

Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada accueille des Visages, lieux, traces

Picture this: 97 photographs that reflect the scope and depth of the history of photography from its beginnings in 1839 up to the present day. That’s what awaits visitors to the exhibition Faces, Places, Traces: New Acquisitions to the Photographs Collection, on view at the National Gallery of Canada until 2 May 2004.

This exhibition brings together photographs added to the Gallery’s collection over the past six years through purchase and donation. The artists represented include 19th-century masters Eugène Cuvelier, John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Frederic Martens and Lady Hatton, as well as 20th-century photographers Lotte Jacobi, Dorothea Lange, Franz Roh, Edward Steichen and Manuel Àlvarez Bravo. The contemporary photographers include a wide range of nationalities: Austrian (Herwig Kempinger), American (Lee Friedlander and others), Canadian (Angela Grauerholz and others), Dutch (Rineke Dijkstra), Finnish (Pekka Turunen), French (Stéphane Couturier), German (Frauke Eigen and others) and Japanese (Jun Morinaga).

The exhibition’s title, Faces, Places, Traces, reflects the three themes into which the works are grouped. Visitors are offered an overview of how these photographers have approached the depiction of the age-old subjects of the human face, cities, landscapes and details of everyday objects.

Why has the National Gallery acquired these particular images? “Rarely can one overarching reason be given for the addition of a work to the collection,” says Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs. “A work may be selected for its depth of insight, of beauty, or of wit — qualities that compel us to look at it more closely and reflect upon the scene portrayed.”

Among the key works showcased in Faces, Places, Traces are two gelatin silver vintage prints and one platinum vintage print made by 20th-century American master photographer Paul Strand on two trips to the Gaspé in 1929 and 1936. These beautifully rendered images were acquired thanks to the generous support of donors and Supporting Friends of the National Gallery.

English-speaking visitors to the National Gallery of Canada will have the opportunity to meet the Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs, on Friday 26 March at 12:15 p.m. A similar Meet the Curator session will be held in French on 2 April at 12:15 p.m.
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