CV118 - Robert Graham, Trois Photographes Montréalais + — Zoë Tousignant
CV118 - Robert Graham, Trois Photographes Montréalais + — Zoë Tousignant

CV118 - Robert Graham, Three Montreal Photographers + — Zoë Tousignant

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Ciel variable 118 - Exhibiting Photography (Fall 2021) 
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Robert Graham, Three Montréal Photographers +
Robert Graham’s History of Photography in Montreal | L’histoire de la photographie à Montréal selon Robert Graham

- Zoë Tousignant

A reflection on Robert Graham’s activities as a critic and collector, this exhibition of three Montreal photographers (and more) opens broad perspectives. It accounts for an approach that combines the acquisition of artworks and spending time with their creators (in this case, Tom Gibson, Donigan Cumming, and Michel Campeau) with the development of a critical vision of photography. Zoë Tousignant defends the principle that an image is appreciated as much for what it doesn’t show as what it does show. She notes that Graham, whose collection comprises works that are “visual correlatives” of his thought, is interested in the parergon, Jacques Derrida’s concept that has it that “what resides outside of a work of art is in fact fundamental.” “Telling the history of photography in Montreal cannot involve the exclusion of all that is foreign,” writes Tousignant, who sees the inclusion in the exhibition of images by Muybridge, Tichý, and Parr as reflecting “the total imbrication of the local scene with the international.”

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Language : English & French
Digital Version : PDF, 4.2 Mb

Biographical Notice

Zoë Tousignant, « Robert Graham’s History of Photography in Montreal », Ciel variable, no 118, Montréal, 2021, p. 36-45.

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