MONTREAL – The work of seven iconic Canadian photographers is being showcased by Canada Post in a new series of stamps.
Photos by Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Fred Herzog, C. D. Hoy, Michel Lambeth, William Notman and Louis-Prudent Vallée are included in the second issue of a five-year series on Canadian photography.
The seven new stamps feature some of their most quintessential photographs, and include five domestic stamps, one U.S. stamp and one international stamp. They measure 36 mm × 30 mm (horizontal) and 30 mm × 36 mm (vertical) and were designed by Stephane Huot and printed by Lowe-Martin Group.
With works featured in more than 50 major museums around the world, Burtynsky is one of Canada’s most respected photographers. Images such as Railcuts #1 explore the link between industry and nature, finding beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places.
Cohen is famous for her striking images of institutional interiors with hints of human presence. Photographs like Untitled draw attention to the incongruity of our fabricated environments, from uninhabited living rooms to spas and offices.
Herzog’s work is a time capsule and he is famous for his photographs of street life and for shooting in Kodachrome slide film to capture his subject matter in full colour.
C. D. Hoy
Hoy’s photographs such as Unidentified Chinese Man are an invaluable record of the rich cultural diversity of B.C.’s Cariboo region between 1909 and 1920, acting as important historical and aesthetic portraits of the Interior’s Aboriginal Peoples, Chinese workers and Caucasian labourers.
Lambeth’s well-known St. Joseph’s Convent School, taken in 1960, emphasizes Toronto street life while capturing his love for working people and concerns about urban social conditions.
Reputed to be on the lam from the law in Scotland, William Notman arrived in Montreal in 1856 to become Canada’s most successful photographer of that time. He owned the largest photography business in North America, with branches across Canada and the U.S.
Vallée’s work portrays 19th century Quebec City, where he opened a studio in 1867 and where he spent most of his time taking portraits and shooting scenes that would benefit local tourism.