Practice: Author and Curator
Date of Lecture: 1993-10-29
David Harris is an independent curator and photo historian living in Montreal, Quebec who specializes in nineteenth-century and contemporary architectural and landscape photography.
Harris was the Associate Curator of photography at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal until 1996. During that time, he curated Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880 and co-authored the resulting CCA publication. In 1997, Harris oversaw Gabor Szilasi: Photographs, 1954-1996, a retrospective exhibition and accompanying publication that showcased the career of one of Canada’s foremost photographers.
In 1999, Harris curated the exhibition, and authored the book, Paris Itineraries: Photographs by Eugène Atget. The show examined Atget’s working methods, particularly the development of his interpretative approach to various Paris sites over a thirty-year period. The exhibition was held at the Musée Carnavalet (1999) and traveled to the Museum of the City of New York (2000) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (2001).
Two of Harris’s recent projects include an exhibition and publication entitled Of Battle and Beauty: Felice Beato’s Photographs of China and a written contribution to India through the Lens: Photography 1840–1911. Harris was recently awarded a National Gallery of Canada Research Fellowship in order to further investigate the work of Eugène Atget.