Geraldine and Douglas Moodie:
Historic Photographs of the Canadian North
February 18 - September 10, 2017
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Susan Kooyman
Presented in conjunction with the Exposure Photography Festival.
This exhibition will celebrate the remarkable work of Geraldine Moodie (1854-1945), western Canada’s first professional woman photographer. Starting in 1903, Geraldine accompanied her husband Douglas Moodie, a senior officer of the North-West Mounted Police, on expeditions to the NWMP detachment at Fullerton Harbour in Hudson Bay.
The two Moodies were an inspired and complementary pair; she set up a studio in the police detachment house and took intimate portraits of the local Inuit community, while he (trained in photography by his wife) documented the landscape and his work with the Mounted Police.
The exhibition draws on an extraordinary 2015 donation to Glenbow of almost 500 vintage negatives from the Moodies, as well as the photographers’ diaries, reports, and photo registers. This gives us an almost-unheard-of opportunity to use the creators’ own words to describe their work.
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