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Artist Hunter, George
Title Fisherman in his dory passes by cod drying flakes with community in background, Petty Harbour, 1952
GH No. CNF-011-A
Accession # 006.20.378
Object Type photo print
Dimensions H-51 W-62 cm
Description Hunter is well known for his aerial photographs of great Canadian landscapes. From 1948 to 1949, he trained for his pilot's license at Ottawa, Winnipeg and Lethbridge flying clubs. In 1950, he launched his own business and purchased a Piper Clipper aircraft for transportation. Hunter modified the door of this plane to open in flight for night shots and low-level photography. For short time exposures, he learned how to stall the plane in flight. This level of determination in seeking the perfect photograph is characteristic of Hunter's practice. Works such as this can be found in the permanent collections of the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto, and the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa.

Biographical Information:

George Hunter (1921-10 April 2013) is a Canadian documentary photographer who spent seven decades capturing the lives of people on film. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and started taking photographs professionally for newspapers such as the Winnipeg Tribune. He worked for the Tribune during World War II as well as the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). After the war, he turned to freelance work. He was one of the first photographers to be accepted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and is a founding member of the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation. Three of his images graced the Canadian five, ten, and fifty dollar bills. One of his photographs of Toronto's Pearson International Airport was included as part the Voyager II spaceprobe's time capsule. Hunter was presented with a lifetime achievement award by The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in 2001. He has always held the belief that photographers are the true historians of our day.