Date of Lecture: 1996-02-02
Lorraine Monk’s role in establishing a national and international forum for Canadian photography has been instrumental. Her various initiatives as a curator and author have served to define the character of Canadian photography in the sixties and seventies. As the former Executive Producer of the Still Photography Division at the National Film Board of Canada (1960-1980), Monk organized over 150 exhibitions and launched the careers of several eminent photographers. During this time, she produced such award winning books as Canada: A Year of the Land (1967), the acclaimed, ten volume Image Series and Between Friends/Entre Amis (1976). In 1967, Monk inaugurated The Photo Gallery in Ottawa, which was the first national gallery devoted to contemporary Canadian photography.
Since leaving the NFB, she has continued to organize photo exhibitions and to publish books. She became the first executive director of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, which held its first exhibition in 1987. For her vital service to Canadian photography, Monk has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received numerous honorary awards.
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