Photography of Robert J. Flaherty
Best known as the Father of the Documentary Film because of such landmark films as “Nanook of the North”, Robert J. Flaherty was also a master of still photography. These portraits of Indians and Inuit of the Arctic and of their houses, animals, and lifestyle were scanned from original prints in the collection of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society. Those that can be identified were shot during Flaherty’s early visits to Fort George, Baffin Island, the Ungava Peninsula and Fort Chimo in the 1910s. Here he encountered the Indians of Northern Quebec, the Nasakapi with their distinctive caps and garments at the Nastapoka Islands, and the “Eskimo” (today’s Inuit). At each stop his camera was at his side ready to capture unique images for posterity.
– More information about Robert J. Flaherty
– Travelling Exhibit “Robert J. Flaherty’s Northern Focus: Photographs of Canada’s Arctic Peoples, 1910-1914”
These superb, sepia-toned photographs were printed by Robert Flaherty himself and mounted in an album early in this century. High quality reproductions of approximately the same size as the originals, on double-weight, resin-coated paper, sepia-toned like the originals can be purchased from the Thunder Bay Museum for only $35 CDN or $30 US, each, postage included.
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