Canmore Art Guild Gallery displays the art, history of photography

  By Evelyn Drake

Lewis Hine, Ansel Adams, Dorthea Lange, Edward Weston and William Henry Fox Talbot; all giants of photography whose work is recognized among the finest of its kind, will be on display in Canmore at Elevation Place.

The Art of Black and White Photography – Historical and Modern
Perspectives runs from Feb. 13-25.

A reception will take place Feb. 14
from 7-9:30 p.m

Elevation Place, 700 Railway Ave
Canmore, Alberta

“It’s this majesty and mastery that Canmore photographer Richard Brown wanted to showcase during the Exposure month of photography with the upcoming exhibition at the Canmore Art Guild Gallery, The Art of Black and White Photography – Historical and Modern Perspectives.

Brown drew on historical photographs from the National Gallery of Canada, the Whyte Museum in Banff, private collections and the work of contemporary local and national photographers to, as he said, “highlight the unique beautiful world of monochrome imagery.”

Brown set out to create an invitational exhibition that tracks the journey of black and white photography from its invention 170 years ago through to today’s digital cameras.

He also wanted to build on ideas expressed by street photographer Robert Frank, who once said “Black and white are the colours of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected,” and the French painter Henri Matisse who stated, “I’ve spent 40 years discovering the queen of all colours is black.” – Rocky Mountain Outlook

Young Spinner in Carolina Mill,1908, by Lewis Hine. Hine photographed this 10-year-old girl as part of his work to document child labour in the U.S. His photographs helped to bring about child labour laws.


Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.