This exhibition offers a new perspective on the career of William Notman (1826–1891), Canada’s most important nineteenth-century photographer.

It demonstrates how Notman owed his success to the modernity of his approach to photography – an approach founded on principles of communication and innovation.Organized thematically, the exhibition features over 250 photographs and objects drawn primarily from the McCord Museum’s collection.

While focusing on vintage prints, displays are supplemented by multimedia installations and interactive devices that provide dynamic contextual information and help clarify nineteenth-century ideas of modernity for a contemporary audience.