Alexander Henderson, Art and Nature — Sophie Bertrand

[Winter 2023]

Sophie Bertrand

McCord Museum
10.06.2022 – 16.04.2023


In 2021, the McCord Museum celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary against the backdrop of COVID-19. As a result of the forced closure of museums due to the pandemic, the retrospective exhibition of photographs by Alexander Henderson – who had fallen into obscurity for more than a century – which was to have kicked off the museum’s festivities, is now finally being presented to the public.

The collection of Henderson’s photographs held at the McCord Museum comprises about two thousand original prints. A few glass plates have survived, but most of his negatives were destroyed in 1965. Although Henderson has drawn the curiosity of several collectors and historians of photography, his production was not highly valued after his death in 1913, even though his photographs appeared in many major exhibitions in Montreal, the United States, and Europe while he was active, between 1860 and 1890…

[ Complete issue, in print and digital version, available here: Ciel variable 122 – NIGHT ROUNDS ]
[ Complete article, in digital version, available here: Alexander Henderson, Art and Nature — Sophie Bertrand ]