Imagining Winnipeg LAUNCH
featuring Esyllt W. Jones
When: Wednesday September
26, 7:00 pm
Where: Atrium, McNally Robinson Grant Park (1120 Grant Avenue)
Please join University of Manitoba Press
for the launch of Imagining
Winnipeg: History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote.
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In an expanding and socially fractious early twentieth-century
Winnipeg, Lewis Benjamin Foote (1873-1957) rose to become the
city’s pre-eminent commercial photographer. Documenting everything
from royal visits to deep poverty, from the building of the
landmark Fort Garry Hotel to the turmoil of the 1919 General
Strike, Foote’s photographs have come to be iconic representations
of early Winnipeg life. They have been used to illustrate
everything from academic histories to posters for rock concerts;
they have influenced the work of visual artists, writers, and
musicians; and they have represented Winnipeg to the world.
But in Imagining Winnipeg, historian Esyllt W. Jones
takes us beyond the iconic to reveal the complex artist behind the
lens and the conflicting ways in which his photographs have been
used to give credence to diverse and sometimes irreconcilable
views of Winnipeg’s past. Incorporating 150 stunning photographs
from the more than 2,000 images in the Archives of Manitoba Foote
Collection, Imagining Winnipeg challenges our understanding of
visual history and the city we thought we knew.
Esyllt W. Jones is a history professor at
University of Manitoba and is the author of the award-winning Influenza
1918: Death, Disease and Struggle in Winnipeg.
Born in Newfoundland, Lewis
Benjamin Foote arrived in Winnipeg in 1902, where he
bought a house on Gertrude Avenue and began a career as a
professional photographer. For more than 50 years, Foote’s
photographs chronicled the development of the city. He was an
active photographer until 1947 and died ten years later.
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Work started on this book just as I was hired at UMP, so I've been intimate with it for more than a year. My part of the project was putting together a blog entitled Lost Foote Photos and for coordinating the accompanying public call for Foote photos.
Later, I worked with UMP director David Carr on compiling new captions for the 150 images in the book. Which was basically research heaven for a girl interested in the history, the people and places, of Winnipeg.
I think the launch will be a humdinger. And there'll be wine! (That's what 'light refreshments' means in UMP-land...)