Notman's World

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Title
Notman's World
Abstract
This film portrays the Scottish-born Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891) as a man of rare talent. Photography was still in its infancy when Notman opened his first studio in the city in 1856. He rapidly turned his art, and a budding technology, into a highly successful business. Not content with doing mere portraiture, Notman 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.
Distributor
National Film Board of Canada
Date
1989
Language
en
URL
Citation
Kish, Albert. Notman’s World. National Film Board of Canada, 1989. http://www.nfb.ca/film/notmans_world.
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