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Artist Hunter, George
Title Trammer in a drift at Giant Yellowknife Gold Mine, Yellowknife, 1951
GH No. 2331
Accession # 006.9.367
Object Type photo print
Date Yukon 1951
Dimensions H-52 W-52 cm
Description Hunter has cited two trips to the High Arctic in 1946 as his most memorable assignment. He was drawn to industrial scenes and spent a lot of time photographing the miners and mines around Yellowknife - a challenging environment. During this time, he developed an affinity with mines and the men who worked them, often spending an entire day setting up one shot.

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.