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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.
National Film Board of Canada
Kish, Albert. Notman’s World. National Film Board of Canada, 1989. http://www.nfb.ca/film/notmans_world.
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