Notman's World

Notman's World

| 29 min

This documentary short is a portrait of Canadian photographer William Notman. Photography was still in its infancy when he opened his first studio in Montreal in the late 1850s. He rapidly turned his art, and a budding technology, into a highly successful business. Within 5 years he was appointed Photographer to the Queen. Not content with doing mere portraiture, he saw photography as a means of documenting history. With the use of props in his studio, composite photographs, and calling on his background as a trained artist, Notman immortalized the people and places of Canada.

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  • director
    Albert Kish
  • editing
    Albert Kish
  • cinematography
    Barry Perles
  • voice
    Graeme Decarie
    Nora Hague
    Rosina Fontein
  • location sound recording
    Hans Oomes
    Yves Gendron
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Robin L.P. Bain
  • electrician
    Guy Rémillard
  • camera assistant
    Séraphin Bouchard
    Carol Jarry
  • music
    Chris Crilly
  • music recording
    Philippe Espantoso
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei
    Diane Le Floc'h
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
  • photographic printing
    Tom Humphrey
  • title design
    Serge Bouthillier
  • unit administrator
    Robert Spence
    Rose Hutchinson
  • producer
    William Brind
  • executive producer
    Colin Neale

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  • SkylerBear

    I was wonderful to find out, through this film, who William Notman was and about how photographs were taken back in the 1800's. I only last week googled Notman Studio Halifax NS to find out who took a photo of my grandfather. Some Halifax Notman Studio photographs are in the NS Archives.

    SkylerBear, 10 Mar 2012

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