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

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

PhotographerGeorge Hunter

Hardcover | October 10, 2017

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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.

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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. Georg...
Title:George Hunter's Canada: Iconic Images from Canada's Most Prolific PhotographerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 9 × 9 × 0.5 inPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0228100011

ISBN - 13:9780228100010

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Editorial Reviews

This remarkable book of photos from the National Film Board of Canada's collection is an ode to both photographer and subject. It begins with a few pages describing legendary photographer Hunter, who died in 2013, and the legacy of his seven-decade career, including stories of him nearly falling out of an airplane and taking groundbreaking aerial photos of cities at night for the largest photo spread in Time magazine's history. The rest of the book is devoted to his photos. Readers are taken on a stunning visual journey that spans the mid-to-late 20th century and reaches all corners of Canada, from Chapel Arm, Newfoundland, to Qamani'tuaq, Nunavut, with incredible shots of urban and natural landscapes. There are portraits of Canadians from all walks of life, including Inuit hunters, Albertan cowboys, Newfoundland miners, Winnipeg factory workers, and Regina golfers. Although Hunter's name may not be widely known, many of his photos will be familiar, including those once used on $5 and $10 bills... The book is a beautiful testimony to an evolving country and an accomplished artist.