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A Tribute to George Hunter

Kenojuak Ashevak

It is with sadness that the McMichael Canadian Art Collection wishes to acknowledge the recent passing of a notable Canadian photographer, George Hunter.

Hunter (1921-2013) spent nearly eight decades travelling across Canada, and throughout the world, documenting natural, urban and industrial landscapes, as well as the people inhabiting those environments. Widely travelled and widely published, his work will be familiar to many Canadians, although his name may not be.

It was George Hunter’s belief that photographers were the true historians of our day, and his body of work attests to that. In 2002, George Hunter founded the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation with a mandate to restore and preserve Canadian heritage photographs and make them available for viewing by the Canadian public. To make his important documentary images more accessible, he donated his photographs to galleries and museums across Canada. In 2012, Mr. Hunter donated eight prints depicting Inuit and Kwakwaka'wakw artists to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives.

Photo: George Hunter with A.Y. Jackson  c.1965, Gift of George Hunter
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives


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