While Group of Seven member Frank Johnston is widely recognized as a painter, his interest in photography is lesser known. He considered himself an amateur photographer, and recognized the medium as its own distinct art form. Johnston’s large collection of photographs represented a variety of subject matter, though the emphasis, as in his paintings, was on the Canadian landscape. Featuring photographs sourced from both public and private collections, this exhibition represents research into the role of photography in Johnston’s oeuvre. Through a selection of Johnston’s photographs of the Canadian outdoors, some juxtaposed with related paintings by the artist, the offered insight into Johnston’s working method, how he perceived the world around him through photographs he took, and how his paintings were influenced by photography.
Organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Sharona Adamowicz-Clements and Neil David MacDonald