Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Mountain Expedition at Alberta Gallery of Art - "Byron Harmon's High Adventure, 1924"
High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924, is open at AGA. Guest-curated by Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette, with assistance from the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, the show tells a story of Harmon's photographic expedition. A magnificent look at vanished landscapes, it feels like walking into Lewis Freeman's book On the Roof of the Rockies (1925). Harmon and Freeman formed a photographer-writer team for the trip, later publishing the story with compelling visual images.
"In 1924, Alberta artist Byron Harmon organized an expedition to take the first significant photographs and film-footage of a newly chartered territory: the Columbia Icefield. For Harmon, who had spent 20 years based in Banff, it was to be the crowning achievement of his career as a photographer. The mission was given added weight by the recent discovery that the massive Columbia Icefield fed rivers and streams that poured into three different oceans. The very first horse-pack to traverse the enormous icefield had done so the previous year. Harmon was determined to be the second, with the added challenge of carrying a 35 mm motion-picture camera and four still cameras, as well as the attendant film.
See more at: http://www.youraga.ca/exhibit/byronharmon#sthash.6760S8L1.dpuf
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