Museum enthusiasts will get a chance to view a slice of Montreal’s history through the lens of William Notman, a photographer from the 19th century.
Starting Nov. 4, Notman’s work will be on display at the McCord Museum.
Notman gained an international reputation for his photography after arriving on the shores of Montreal in 1876 from his native Scotland.
As a photographer, Notman was known for his avant-garde approach.
Museum curator Hélène Samson dropped by Global News Morning Wednesday to explain what made Notman’s photography stand out.
“He really conceived and practiced photography as we are doing right now,” Samson said.
“He had conviction that photography was already art at par with painting. Photography was the perfect mean to multiply and publish it as we do in the press right now.”
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Samson added Notman was a great businessman and foresaw a need to archive and preserve his images.
The exhibition “Notman, A Visionary Photography” will feature 285 images and objects at the McCord Museum until March 26, 2017.