Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chris and the cats.

On Wednesday evening I went to The Montreal Museum of Fine Art to see the exhibit "Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918". If you want to see some original prints from this time including the work of Notman, O'Sullivan, Stieglitz and Curtis, then this is the show for you. I am always amazed by the incredible detail and tonal range that these photographers were able to get so early on in the history of photography, and therefore seeing the prints in person is quite spectacular. Of course it is also surprising how small prints were made at that time, especially if you, like me are so used to seeing contemporary work that is most often printed very large. The show intersperses photographs and paintings, and the relationship between the two as well as how one medium affected the other is quite interesting. I think I will have to go back for a second visit in order to absorb it all.

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