George Hunter (photographer)

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George Hunter photographed at his home in Mississauga, Ontario on May 22, 2009. photo: Bob Anderson

George Hunter (1921–10 April 2013)[1] is a Canadian documentary photographer who spent seven decades capturing industrial and landscape scenes on film.[2] He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and started taking photographs professionally for the newspapers like the Winnipeg Tribune.[2] He worked for the Tribune during World War II.[3] He also worked for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in the 1940s.[2] After the war, he turned to freelance work.[3] One of his main stylistic features is the use of aerial photography, since he was also an airplane pilot.[2]

He was one of the first photographers to be accepted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and is a founding member of the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation.[4] Three of his images graced the Canadian five, ten, fifty dollar bills.[4] One of his photographs of Toronto's Pearson International Airport was included as part the Voyager II spaceprobe's time capsule.[4] The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2001.[4]

His most high-profile work appeared in TIME magazine in the mid-1950s, when his work on American landscapes, photographed at dusk were highlighted in the 20 September 1954 issue's 12-page article entitled "The U.S. After Dark."[3] His work is represented in collections nationwide, including more than one hundred works at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.[4] He lived his later years in his home/studio located in Mississauga, Ontario. Hunter died in Mississauga's Credit Valley Hospital on 10 April 2013, aged 92.[1]

In May 2017, the NFB and Canadian publisher Firefly Books announced that a selection of Hunter's work would be published in book form as George Hunter's Canada: Iconic Images from Canada's Most Prolific Photographer.[5]

Permanent collections[edit]

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Sherman Hines Photography Museum, New Brunswick Museum, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Canadian Centre of Architecture, McCord Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal Historic Centre, Canadian Museum of Civilization, North Shore Regional Museum, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Library and Archives Canada, Portrait Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Robarts Library (University of Toronto), Mississauga Art Gallery, Manitoba Museum (HBC Collection), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Whyte Museum of the Rockies, Atlas Coal Mines National Historic Park, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Royal British Columbia Museum, Maritime Heritage Centre, N.W.T. Mining Heritage Society, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, MacBride Museum, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.


  1. ^ a b Turnball, Barbara (2013-04-12). "George Hunter, 92, spent decades photographing Canada". The Toronto Star. Toronto. Archived from the original on 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  2. ^ a b c d "Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today". Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario. 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  3. ^ a b c Carter, Bob (2003). "TALES OF A PHOTOGRAPHER George Hunter". Toronto: The Photographic Historical Society of Canada. Archived from the original on 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  4. ^ a b c d e White, Jody (2011-06-14). "The most famous Canadian photographer you've never heard of You'd hardly know it, but George Hunter's work is everywhere". MacLean's. Toronto. Archived from the original on 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  5. ^ "From screen to page: National Film Board of Canada forays into book publishing". Winnipeg Free Press. The Canadian Press. 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2017-05-30.

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