The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ont., is offering an all-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition The Other NFB: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division, 1941-1971. The exhibition, on view until May 1, looks at the work of the NFB still-photography division and how these mid-twentith-century images depicted Canadian society, helping shape a national sense of Canadian identity.
The symposium is March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will include a tour of the exhibition with guest curator, Carol Payne. A panel discussion, moderated by journalist and arts reporter Deana Sumanac-Johnson (CBC), will consider the exhibition’s themes with distinguished guests, Vanessa Fleet (York University), Sonya Jones (Associate Curator/Curator of the Thomas Bouckley Collection at the RMG), and Ted Grant (photojournalist, former NFB photographer and recent member of the Order of Canada). Online registration is required; the cost is $15 for members ($20 non-members), which includes a light lunch and refreshments.
Ted Grant is considered to be the grandfather of Canadian photojournalism, and, if you are a subscriber, you can check out our article on him in the December/January 2014 issue in the digital archives. Those of you in the Oshawa area are fortunate to have a chance to listen to the wonderful Dr. Ted and participate in what is sure to be a fascinating discussion of Canadian identity and the role of photography in identity formation!