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Artist Hunter, George
Title Canadian Pacific Railway trainman, Bertil V. Benson, Winnipeg, 1952
GH No. 3375
Accession # 006.42.400
Object Type photo print
Dimensions H-13.63 W-82 cm
Description In this particular series, Hunter offers a glimpse into the domestic lives of people in the 1950's, enjoying the post-WWII sense of newfound optimism. His subjects are often posed with a symbol of technological advancement to mark the sense of prosperity that defined the era. Also prominent are visuals of a consumer culture. Subjects can be seen with commercial goods that show the shift in economics and value.

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.