Kaslo photographs make it to Ottawa

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Library and Archives Canada (LAC), home of the National Photography Collection, has acquired the negatives and contact sheets for Gordon Brown’s Butcher, Baker...the Faces of Kaslo project. These local portraits, made from 1986 to 1992, were combined with those of Kaslo’s first photographer a hundred years earlier, A. T. Garland, to produce a book marking Kaslo’s centennial in 1993. Six exhibitions of Brown’s work were presented at the Langham during this period and a selection of images from the first in ’86 was previously acquired by LAC. The original exhibition prints will stay in Kaslo and will be donated to Kootenay Lake Archives.

The acquisition of Brown’s work also includes the old Calgary Greyhound Depot, negatives, contact sheets and exhibition prints from 1972; negatives and contacts from a portfolio shot at the Indigenous village of Spahomin (Upper Nicola Band) near Merritt, BC in 1973; the Canadian Artist series, 1986 to 2016, including many performers from the Kaslo Jazz Festival; negatives and contacts from the Japanese Canadian ‘Writing the Wrong’ event at the Langham in 1992. This material will join portfolios previously acquired by LAC: negatives, contacts and prints of Calgary’s Peking Cafe from 1977 and the prints from Spahomin and Butcher, Baker.

Regarding the Kaslo material Brown said, “I fell in love with Kaslo when I first saw it as a fifteen year old in 1958 and now that I’ve made my home here for forty years, it’s very gratifying to realize that a representation of the people and their accomplishments, who make up this community will be preserved at a national level. I’m very grateful to those who let me into their lives, however briefly, in order that Butcher, Baker could come to be”.