Faces, Places, Traces: New Acquisitions to the Photographs Collection

30 Jan 2004 - 02 May 2004

Picture this: 97 photographs that reflect the scope and depth of the history of photography from its beginnings in 1839 up to the present day. That’s what awaits visitors to the exhibition Faces, Places, Traces: New Acquisitions to the Photographs Collection, on view at the National Gallery of Canada until 2 May 2004. This exhibition brings together photographs added to the Gallery’s collection over the past six years through purchase and donation. The artists represented include 19th-century masters Eugène Cuvelier, John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Frederic Martens and Lady Hatton, as well as 20th-century photographers Lotte Jacobi, Dorothea Lange, Franz Roh, Edward Steichen and Manuel Àlvarez Bravo. The contemporary photographers include a wide range of nationalities: Austrian (Herwig Kempinger), American (Lee Friedlander and others), Canadian (Angela Grauerholz and others), Dutch (Rineke Dijkstra), Finnish (Pekka Turunen), French (Stéphane Couturier), German (Frauke Eigen and others) and Japanese (Jun Morinaga). The exhibition’s title, Faces, Places, Traces, reflects the three themes into which the works are grouped. Visitors are offered an overview of how these photographers have approached the depiction of the age-old subjects of the human face, cities, landscapes and details of everyday objects.