Thursday, December 3, 2009

Richard Harrington on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Photographer Richard Harrington travelled to Canadian Arctic to capture traditional Inuit way of life
By: Alison Mayes

Two girls asleep under caribou skins during the famine in 1950, Padlei, NWT.
Two girls asleep under caribou skins during the famine in 1950, Padlei, NWT. (RICHARD HARRINGTON)

The Inuit called him "Adderiorli" -- the Man with a Box.

The box was his camera.

Canadian photographer Richard Harrington took epic journeys by dogsled between 1948 and 1953, bringing back images of the traditional Inuit way of life that astonished the world.

Harrington captured life on the land in the final years before the Inuit were forever changed by contact with the South.

"He was the window on this culture for so many people," says Winnipeg Art Gallery director Stephen Borys. "These (photographs) are historical documents, as well as amazing portraits."

For the whole story, please follow this link:
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/entertainment/arts/northern-exposure-74504467.html

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