Nova Scotia Archives for Black History Month… The Public Archives of Nova Scotia do not include many photographs but they have scanned early documents from Sir Guy C arleton papers, including the title page from 1783 The Book of Negroes, which is at the heart of the CBC 6-part series of the same name, aired in January, 2015.     We […]

Martin Chambi: The Trailblazing Peruvian Photographer Who Captured a Vanishing World

Martín Chambi, “Organist in the Capela de Tinta, Sicuani” (1935) Martin Chambi is most famous for his expressive, painterly portrayals of Peru’s diverse society, some of which are currently on view at São Paulo’s Instituto Moreira Salles in Face Andina – Fotografias de Martín Chambi. The exhibition builds on the museum’s recent acquisition of 88 of Chambi’s images and spans the breadth of […]

David Goldblatt: Photographing the Crossroads of Life and Death in South Africa

  Squatter camp on the fringe of the N1 highway, Woodstock, Cape Town, August 22, 2006 Beginning in the 1940s, South African photographer David Goldblatt documented the people and landscapes of his country in striking black and white. It was only after apartheid that he felt comfortable with color in his work. In Regarding Intersections, published this October by Steidl, Goldblatt’s photographs […]

The Book of Negroes makes TV debut Wednesday, January 7, 2015 on CBC TV The miniseries The Book of Negroes, based on the acclaimed novel by Lawrence Hill, and filmed in Nova Scotia, traces the journey of Aminata Diallo, who is taken by slave traders from West Africa to the U.S., her life through the American Revolution, escape to Canada (Nova Scotia near Shelbourne) and her ultimate freedom in […]

Theresa Marshall with her Prosper nephews, 1941

Theresa Marshall with her Prosper nephews, 1941. Courtesy of John R. Prosper, family album     Theresa Marshall with her Prosper nephews, Eugene and Dan Joe, 1941. Courtesy of John R. Prosper, Paqtnkek, Restoration: Anne Louise MacDonald We leave the unrestored photo for comparison with Anne Louise’s creative innovation.  In part borne of necessity, she […]