[Winter 2019] By Pierre Dessureault [Excerpt] The exhibition Camerart, produced by Galerie Optica and presented in Montreal from December 16, 1974, to January 14, 1975, was a pivotal event in the photography/art debate in Quebec. Although a place in the art market had been carved out for photography in the late 1960s, museums were proceeding […]
November 17, 2021 [originally published in CV109 in Summer 2018 ] — At Expo 67, a huge celebration of human progress and great festival of the image in all of its technological and expressive possibilities, the Christian Pavilion designed by Charles Gagnon offered a counterpoint to the event’s sea of triumphant optimism….
[Summer 2008] Galerie Roger Bellemare, Montreal October 6 – October 27, 2007 The stark elegance of Charles Gagnon’s photographic oeuvre is one of its defining characteristics. It is always, however, underscored by powerfully enigmatic markers. Those indexical markers are like fingers pointing to unseen presences – or a transcendent reality. Gagnon was always a champion […]
[Winter 2003] The Bigger Picture: Portraits from Ottawa, organized for the Ottawa Art Gallery by Karen Love, gathers together over 200 Ottawa portraits by 78 image-makers, presented thematically in order to provoke a range of questions about how we understand the idea of a portrait. No longer simply an accurate depiction of physical characteristics or […]
[Fall 1995] by Claude Thibault Curator of Photography, Musée du Québec In early 1994, the Musée du Québec decided to create a sector devoted specifically to photography. A number of reasons sparked the adoption of this policy. First, the project fits naturally into its development program in its role of curator of our artistic heritage […]