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

Click! Two picture-perfect Web sites unveiled

Ottawa, Canada - April 2, 2004

La photographie mise en lumière

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) are pleased to launch two new online initiatives that showcase their outstanding photographs collections. The first is the CMCP’s completely redesigned Web site; the second is Drawing With Light, a collaboration between the NGC’s on-line educational tool CyberMuse and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

The dynamic, user-friendly new CMCP Web site (http://www.cmcp.gallery.ca/) features both practical and in-depth information about exhibitions, artists, the CMCP’s collection and the Museum itself.

“The CMCP site’s cleaner look, new content and improved navigation translate into a better experience for the virtual visitor,” says Joanne Charette, Director of public affairs for the NGC and CMCP. “The Web site has been given its own identity, but maintains a basic graphic linkage with the NGC Web site, including a shared press room.”

Drawing With Light, meanwhile, is a new section of CyberMuse (http://cybermuse.gallery.ca/), the Gallery's on-line educational tool, supported by the Virtual Museum of Canada (http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/). The Virtual Museum is a unique gateway featuring numerous stories and treasures entrusted to Canadian museums,  and is part of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s strategy to promote the presence of Canadian cultural content in cyberspace.

Drawing With Light, a virtual exhibition aimed at a younger audience, retraces the history of photography from the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s observations about light to the digital revolution, with many interesting stops along the way.

Visitors can explore the properties of light and learn about photographic tools and techniques ranging from the early daguerreotype to digital cameras. Some 50 photographs from the NGC and CMCP collections illustrate these concepts.

Other highlights of Drawing With Light include interactive games, examples of 19th- and 20th-century cameras, a photo exhibition curated by members of the Gallery’s Teen Council, and interviews with famous photographers such as Lynne Cohen and Ed Burtynsky.

The National Gallery of Canada invites you to see the big picture by visiting the new CMCP Web site and Drawing With Light.

Anouk Hoedeman
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
tel. (613) 990-6835
fax (613) 990-9824