A Canadian Homage to Frank’s “The Americans”

Mayor Charlotte Whitton

Mayor Charlotte Whitton

Toronto. When I read my Globe Monday, I saw a book review of “The Canadians: Photographs from The Globe and Mail Archives”. James Adams wrote the review (my thanks to George Dunbar who found this link) and compared the book to Robert Frank’s pivotal book “the Americans” published in France in 1958. One photo shows Ottawa mayor Charlotte Whitton sitting for O Canada in refusal to recognize the song as our new national anthem.

“The Canadians is published by Bone Idle Books and features many of the images shown recently in Toronto at CONTACT in the Globe exhibition “Cutlines”. If you missed it last ¬†spring, a travelling exhibition called “Cutline” will open in Ottawa¬†at the Canadian Photography Institute in the National Gallery this October 28, 2016 (The Globe says the opening is October 21st).

Bone Idle books is a division of the Archive of Modern Conflict founded by David Thomson (the family owns both Reuters and the Globe and Mail). AMC purchased an extensive collection of Daguerreian memorabilia some months back. Members of both the PHSC and the Daguerreian Society are aware of the AMC and some of its holdings.

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