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Notman's World

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William Notman was a man of rare talent. Photography was still in its infancy when he opened his first studio--in Montréal--in the late 1850s. He rapidly turned his art, and a budding technology, into a highly successful business. Within five years he was appointed Photographer to the Queen. Not content with doing mere portraiture, he saw photography as a means of documenting history. With the use of props in his studio, composite photographs, and calling on his background as a trained artist, Notman immortalized the people and places of Canada. But this film goes beyond the re-creation of the past to question how photographs shape our sense of history.

1989, 29 min 07 s

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Honorable Mention - Category: Arts and Culture
International Film and Video Festival
October 22 to 24 1991, Columbus - USA

Gold Apple Award - Category: Art History
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 15 to 19 1991, Oakland - USA

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