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George Hunter's Canada: Iconic Images from Canada's Most Prolific Photographer

Category: Book
By (photographer): Hunter, George
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / General
Publisher: Firefly Books
Published: October 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 96
Size: 9.00in x 9.00in
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$ 19.95
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From The Publisher*

One of three new titles in the Firefly Books-National Film Board of Canada partnership.

"My mission is to show Canadians, and the world, a little of our country. The more they see something of Canada's grandeur and diversity of its people, the more they will appreciate it. I will not rest a minute until my mission is accomplished."
-- George Hunter, photographer

Nobody took more photos of 20th-century Canada than George Hunter. His photos are in atlases, textbooks, encyclopedias and magazines. They're in galleries, museums and public archives, on old postage stamps and currency.

Despite a 70-year career that saw Hunter cross Canada more than 100 times on photographic expeditions, he never achieved widespread fame or critical acclaim. Mostly this is because Hunter was a photographer for hire to commercial entities and the government. His assignments were, ultimately, to document progress.

Hunter's catalogue represents a chronology of postwar Canada, beginning with horse-drawn hay wagons and ending with modern semi trailers on multi-lane highways. He captured portraits of Canadians at work, and also became a pilot to further his career. His aerial shots of billowing smokestacks, open-pit mines, newly minted expressways and vast log booms dominate his portfolio, which to modern eyes is equal parts majestic and nostalgic. His is a portrait of a young country maturing into an industrial force; a landscape as shaped by the people.

Biographical Note

George Hunter was a professional photographer who, after a five-year post with the National Film Board of Canada in the late 1940s, set out on a commercial career that saw him document the men, women, nature and industry of every province and territory in Canada. He made his home in Mississauga, where he died in 2013.