Exhibition and Symposium Focus on Canadian Identity

The RMG Presents The Other NFB: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division, 1941-1971
March 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm  •  Posted in Exhibitions, News & Events, Special Events by

Harry Rowed (Canadian, b.1907), Women munitions workers enjoy a lunch-time walk with friends at the Dominion Arsenals Ltd. Plant, Quebec City (From left to right: Hélène Perry, Celine Perry, Roberte Perry, Alphonsine Roy, Laurette Maurice), 24 August 1942, Contemporary print from vintage negative, National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada e000760791

Harry Rowed (Canadian, b.1907), Women munitions workers enjoy a lunch-time walk with friends at the Dominion Arsenals Ltd. Plant, Quebec City (From left to right: Hélène Perry, Celine Perry, Roberte Perry, Alphonsine Roy, Laurette Maurice), 24 August 1942, Contemporary print from vintage negative, National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada e000760791

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!

Chris Lund (Canadian, 1923-1983) Examining new arrivals in Immigration Examination Hall, Pier 21, Halifax March 1952 Contemporary print from vintage negative National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada PA-111579

Chris Lund (Canadian, 1923-1983) Examining new arrivals in Immigration Examination Hall, Pier 21, Halifax March 1952 Contemporary print from vintage negative National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada PA-111579