Sherman Hines

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Sherman Hines is a photographer, born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.


Hines first studied photography while in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he received a diploma in photography, followed by four years of study at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.[1] In addition to taking and publishing photographs, Hines has lectured extensively on photography throughout Canada and the United States, including fourteen years at the West Coast School of Photography in California.

Other activities[edit]

Hines has an interest in architecture that has had him purchase and restore historic buildings in Nova Scotia.,[1] two of which have been converted into museums: the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography and the Rossignol Cultural Centre.

The Sherman Hines Museum of Photography is housed in the former town hall of Liverpool.[1] [2] It has four galleries, one of which houses a permanent exhibit of photographs and artifacts of Hines, Yousuf Karsh, Wallace MacAskill, and William Notman. The other three galleries are used for temporary exhibits.

Established in 2002, the Rossignol Cultural Centre, also located in Liverpool, is housed in a former high school that was to be demolished.[3][4] The museum consists of five galleries, which includes an apothecary museum, a wildlife art gallery, folk and fine art, a hunting, fishing and guiding museum, a Mi’kmaq museum, a trapper’s cabin, and an outdoor cultural village.

The Rossignol Cultural Centre also includes a museum featuring another interest of Hines: outhouses. This museum is the only one of its kind in North America.[4] Hines began photographing outhouses in the 1970s, said to have started when he was photographing the oldest remaining house in Mill Village, Nova Scotia which had an outhouse.[4] Hines has published several books featuring outhouses and issues an annual outhouse calendar.

One of Hines's architectural finds was a mission and a fortification built in 1699 by the French in Avondale, Nova Scotia, constructed at the request of Abbé Jean-Louis Le Loutre.[5][6] According to Hines's research, it is the oldest building in Canada east of Quebec City.[5] Hines purchased the property, which was once owned by George Brightman,[5] in 1982 for $15,000 and spent 30 years restoring the property.[6] In 2012, Hines listed the property for sale for $2 million.[5][6]

Hines is also an avid big game trophy hunter.[5]


Hines has been granted a Fellowship in the American Society of Photographers and been named Canadian Photographer of the Year. He also has two gold medals of excellence in photography from The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia and the National Association for Photographic Art. In May 1998, Saint Mary's University in Halifax granted Hines an Honorary Doctor of Letters.[1]


Hines has published over 70 books (of which 47 were best sellers),[1] as well as a number of other items, such as calendars. Hines's works include:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sherman Hines - Doctor of Letters". Saint Mary’s University. May 1998. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Sherman Hines Museum of Photography official website". Sherman Hines Photographic Ltd. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Rossignol Cultural Centre official website". Sherman Hines Photographic Ltd. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  4. ^ a b c Bollinger, Holly (2005). Outhouses. MBI Publishing Co. ISBN 0-7603-2134-5. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Staff Reporter (2012-06-25). "Bought for $15,000... selling for $2m: Incredible 300-year-old home once owned by the King of England restored to its former glory". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  6. ^ a b c "One of Nova Scotia's oldest homes up for sale". CBC News. 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2014-01-12.