Curated by Sarah Parsons

More than a century before Photoshop, William Notman (1826–1891) found ingenious ways to enhance his photos and fool the eye. Notman arrived in Canada from Scotland in 1856, swiftly establishing himself as Montreal’s most prominent photographer. He was a proficient technician and an enthusiastic inventor of tools and techniques for his photography and was best known for his development of elaborate composite photographs. For more on William Notman read Sarah Parson’s William Notman: Life and Work.


 

Sarah Parsons is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Art History at York University, where she teaches the history and theory of photography and Canadian art. She has published on various aspects of photography and served as editor of Photography after Photography: Gender, Genre, History, a volume of essays by the photo historian and theorist Abigail Solomon-Godeau (Duke University Press, 2017).


  • Framework of Tube and Staging Looking In, Victoria Bridge

    Framework of Tube and Staging Looking In, Victoria Bridge 1859

  • Around the Camp Fire

    Around the Camp Fire 1866

  • Mr. Collins’ Sleigh at Notman’s Studio, Bleury Street

    Mr. Collins’ Sleigh at Notman’s Studio, Bleury Street 1868–69

  • Chaudière Falls

    Chaudière Falls 1870

  • Skating Carnival, Victoria Rink

    Skating Carnival, Victoria Rink 1870

  • Miss H. Frothingham

    Miss H. Frothingham 1871

  • Mrs. William MacKenzie in Allan’s Conservatory

    Mrs. William MacKenzie in Allan’s Conservatory 1871

  • Fancy Ball Given by the Governor General Lord Dufferin at Rideau Hall on February 23, 1876

    Fancy Ball Given by the Governor General Lord Dufferin at Rideau Hall on February 23, 1876 1876

  • The Bounce

    The Bounce 1886

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