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50 Years Of Photographs

Charlottetown, PE - January 5th, 2015

Lionel F. Stevenson FIFTY YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHS (1962-2012) This exhibition brings together a selection of works from the lengthy career of distinguished Prince Edward Island photographer Lionel Stevenson. Born in New Glasgow, P.E.I. Stevenson was working commercially in Toronto by the early 1960s, and was already showing fine art photography in 1964, beginning with an exhibition at Hart House, University of Toronto. In the late 1960s, he broadened the scope of his practice following a period he spent working under the great American documentary photographer Berenice Abbott. Stevenson recalls that it was Abbott who taught him how to capture a highly personal form of photographic expression, as much through printing technique as through selection of the initial shot, and that aesthetic quality was possible no matter what the photograph's ostensibleł function (her own documentary work...

A Review Of The Series Glacial Erratics

Charlottetown, PE - January 5th, 2015

Of all the subjects that Stevenson has photographed throughout his career, none has been more compelling to him than the series of glacial erratics, which he captured in silver prints. Glacial erratics are huge stones that were once carried along by glaciers, moving imperceptibly on while a glacier advanced, and then left behind as it receded again. Some, fifteen and twenty-foot high boulders, have been precariously balanced, sometimes “en pointe”, atop small stones for some 8,000 years. Intrigued by the stones, Stevenson photographed his first glacial erratic in 1987, while travelling. It was to be twelve more years before he was able to get back to the site, but in late 1999, the artist returned and spent a week creating images of about 95 stones. The images were printed just as the world ticked over into the year 2000. In some ways, the images of the glacial erratics can be seen ...