Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Artwork of the Week!

Week 6:

Murray McKenzie (1927-2007)
Daniel Spence, Lonesome Trapper (102)
Black and White Silver Print

Respected Métis photographer Murray McKenize built his reputation on his sensitive portraits of the people who live in northern Manitoba’s isolated communities. Born in Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, McKenzie spent most of his life in The Pas, Thompson and other parts of this province. He began using a camera as a teenager recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium. In 1951, he graduated from the New York Institute of Photography and his images have been widely published in sources as diverse as the Winnipeg Free Press and Time magazine. In Daniel Spence, Lonesome Trapper (102), McKenzie documents the regret and sadness expressed in the face of his subject, an elder from Nelson House who, at the age of 102, is no longer able to go out on the trapline.

Check out this photograph in the Disability Resource Centre in the basement of Graham Hall!

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