Martha Langford (1992-03-02)

Martha Langford
Practice: Curator and Author
Date of Lecture: 1992-03-02

Langford_Martha_w01Contemporary Canadian Photography, (1984) © National Film Board of Canada, cover photo © Arnaud Maggs

Martha Langford, an art historian and independent curator working out of Montreal, is an authority on contemporary Canadian photography. She has written several books that focus on eminent Canadian artists and her current interests include representations of memory in contemporary photographic practices and the family photo album as a mnemonic device and locus for oral storytelling.

As the then director and chief curator of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, her lecture was delivered just prior to the highly anticipated opening of the museum’s new location at 1 Rideau Canal, Ottawa, an event that occurred in the spring of 1992. The CMCP houses a collection of over 157,000 photographs, negatives and transparencies. Langford discussed the mandate of the museum as well as its future direction. Her talk was illustrated with images drawn from the institution’s vast collection.