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Notman's World - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB524347
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  William Brind, Colin Neale
Directors:  Albert Kish
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Documentary
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1989
Running Time:  28:59

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William Notman was a man of rare talent. Photography was still in its infancy when he opened his first studio--in Montréal--in the late 1850s. He rapidly turned his art, and a budding technology, into a highly successful business. Within five years he was appointed Photographer to the Queen. Not content with doing mere portraiture, he saw photography as a means of documenting history. With the use of props in his studio, composite photographs, and calling on his background as a trained artist, Notman immortalized the people and places of Canada. But this film goes beyond the re-creation of the past to question how photographs shape our sense of history.

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