This exhibition surveys the diverse production of celebrated photographer William Notman’s bustling enterprise, from studio portraiture, to topographical landscapes, to genre scenes of prototypically “Canadian” pastimes. Emigrating from Scotland, Notman opened his first photography studio in Montreal in 1856 and found quick success. Expanding his business to various satellite locations, Notman employed and trained generations of photographers, studio assistants and retouchers. Together they presented a vision of Canada as energetic, young, sublimely beautiful, and deeply wintry, capturing the public’s imagination in the years preceding and following Confederation.
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9, Canada
September 13, 2017 to December 10, 2017