The Canadian Photography Institute welcomes its first researchers-in-residence

Five fellowships awarded for history of photography research

OTTAWA, June 29, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) announced today the names of its 2017 Research Fellowship Program recipients. The selection committee chose research projects that contribute to the history of photography and foster a better understanding of the Institute's collections. Candidates from diverse backgrounds including the visual arts, museology, history, science, sociology, philosophy, and film and television studies, were considered.

"We are delighted to host our first researchers-in-residence who bring diverse outlooks and disciplines," said the Canadian Photography Institute's Director, Luce Lebart. "The Institute wants to promote scholarly research on photography while encouraging a range of approaches to the medium. In fact, there is no single way to write or think about photography and its history, but rather a multitude of views that all stand to gain from interaction and exchange. Sharing the Institute's outstanding collection is our mission, and we have high hopes for the new relationships that will be established with photographic communities and communities in other disciplines in Canada and around the world."

The Research Fellowship Program is made possible through the support of the Canadian Photography Institute Founding Partner Scotiabank. Contributions from the 2017 recipients will help expand the Institute's research into several areas of photography.

Art historian Michael Blum, professor at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of the Université du Québec à Montréal will study the role photography played in the National Film Board of Canada's efforts to build a Canadian identity.

Madalena S. Kozachuk, a doctoral student with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario, will focus on CPI's collection of daguerreotypes for her conservation-restoration research.

Sophie Guignard, a doctoral student in art history with the Université du Québec à Montréal, will examine the archives of the exhibition Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists, organized in 2008 by the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP). 

Researcher and lecturer Serge Allaire will use the Institute fellowship to compile bibliographies of photobooks from the National Gallery of Canada library.

Paul-Louis Roubert, researcher and senior lecturer at the Université Paris 8, will study a specific period of the history of the CPI collection focusing on the acquisition of French "primitive" photographs which took place under the supervision of James Borcoman, Curator of Photography, from 1964 to 1984.

Call for applications for the 2018 Research Fellowship Program
The Canadian Photography Institute will launch its next call for applications for research fellowships in October 2017. The program is open to photography experts – historians, curators, independent researchers, artists and other professionals in the visual arts and museology fields or related disciplines – working in Canada and abroad. It includes a full-time residency at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, and a maximum of $10,000 CAD per applicant, including expenses and allowances. More information about the program`s terms and conditions will be available at Interested candidates may also contact Cyndie Campbell ( and Luce Lebart (

About the Canadian Photography Institute
The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada is a multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography in all its forms. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in 2016. Its collections, which are regularly enriched with new donations, are built upon the National Gallery's Photographs Collection, the collection of the former Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the still photos of the National Film Board of Canada archives. Part of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Photography Institute receives unprecedented support from CPI's Founding Partner, Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institution can be found on the Gallery's website

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan

About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada's visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada's visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit follow us on Twitter @NGC_Foundation


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