Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Unidentified Photographer, Along the new Highway, which runs from Smooth Rock Falls to Fraserdale, Ontario, there’s no sign of human habitation apart from one empty lumber camp, (detail), c.1966. Gelatin Silver Print, 23.4 x 17.5cm. Gift of The Globe and Mail Newspaper to the Canadian
Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.
Unidentified Photographer, Along the new Highway, which runs from Smooth Rock Falls to Fraserdale, Ontario, there’s no sign of human habitation apart from one empty lumber camp
Installation view of, Stopping Point, Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
Installation view of, Stopping Point
2016 Public Installation

Stopping Point

April 29–June 26, 2016
The Old Press Hall, The Globe and Mail
425 Wellington St W

This singular photograph has been selected from a picture library of 750,000 prints. The image has been transported here by multiple designated drivers; the photographer, picture editor, archivist, and curator. It represents not the end of the road, but one more stopping point on its onward journey from working press archive to museum study collection. A significant part of the former Globe and Mail photographic library is being donated to the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.

The grease pen marking, coupled with the dated, black-and-white print, speaks of newspaper photography and the intervention of editors who have left hand-written traces of decisions made in a pre-digital age.

The photograph was commissioned in 1966 to illustrate the news of the opening of a new secondary highway 807, since re-designated as highway 634, in Northeastern Ontario. It returns to its point of origin, parked on the side of a now-obsolete and soon-to-be-demolished newspaper factory to act as a negotiated sign of something that is both a relic of the past and an enduring symbol of a quintessentially Canadian summer experience: a boat strapped to the roof of a city car driven to the edge of the wilderness.

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, The Globe and Mail and the Archive of Modern Conflict, in conjunction with the exhibition Cutline.

Curated by Ellen Treciokas and Roger Hargreaves

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