Constructing the Image of a Nation // The Site Magazine

Before Canada could be, it had to be imagined. Its outlines were drawn and filled with visions to be disseminated to the world—from a colony becoming newly independent within the empire came views of a wilderness conquered, booming metropolises, and the people who made up what could become a nation. One prolific maker of these images, William Notman (1826-91), was the subject of a recent retrospective at the McCord Museum in Montreal. Based on the institution’s own archives, which contain over 600,000 photographs by Notman and his studio, Notman, A Visionary Photographer captured a time of rapid change as Canada entered Confederation and beyond.

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