Notman Exhibit at McCord 2016-2017

Red Cap Snowshoe Club - Halifax 1888 - Wm Notman Composite

Red Cap Snowshoe Club – Halifax 1888 – Wm Notman Composite

Toronto. The major repository for all things Notman is the McCord Museum in Montreal across Sherbrooke from McGill University. McCord mounted a Notman exhibition to be displayed from November 4, 2016 to next spring, March 26, 2017.

The exhibition was covered in the Globe last Wednesday (November 30, 2016) in the Arts section. Robert Everett-Green of Montreal wrote the article from the perspective of art today. He suggests the wooden poses and fantasy compositions would be of little value today as art.

Mr Everett-Green offers a contrary view of Notman as a skilled craftsman and businessman rather than an innovative photographer. He seems unaware that Victorian photographic media and equipment demanded longer exposures. Most people were unable to sustain a smile long enough for an exposure and it was almost impossible to get a group to hold a pose long enough for an exposure. Notman solved these two issues by having his subjects hold a firm look and using carefully enacted composites to create his then famous  group photographs.

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