Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Inuit a Vanishing Way of Life, by Richard Harrington

This CBC item, features a video presentation of the Inuit - A Vanishing Breed.
The Video presents a photo exhibit from Winnipeg. Be prepared for 30 seconds of commercial time before viewing the video. Viewing time: 2 minutes 36 seconds.

Richard Harrington (1911- 2005): Photographs of a Vanishing Way of Life
The Winnipeg Art Gallery presents the exhibition Arctic Photographer until March 14, 2010. The exhibit features a selection of iconic photographs from Harrington’s work in Canada’s eastern arctic region. Throughout 10 years Harrington visited the arctic, photographing the Inuit who lived in the Padlei region and those who depended on the migration patterns of the caribou. During the 1950s, travelling to this region was difficult and not many ventured north of the Hudson’s bay. Travelling by dogsled, Harrington discovered that many of the people in the northern region were starving and, upon returning to Churchill, he began raising awareness of the problem. He made five successive trips to the arctic region and became one of Canada’s most well-known arctic photographers. Originally from Germany, Harrington immigrated to Canada in the mid-1920s. Over the course of his career, Harrington also travelled to approximately 100 countries. From his travels, he published over 2400 of his photographs in magazines and he produced 24 books. One of his most famous exhibitions, Incredible Journeys, was held at the Canadian museum of Photography in Toronto.

Please click here to see the CBC news profile.

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