Artist and Curator Bios
David Harris is the author of the exhibition's accompanying catalogue (National Gallery of Canada, 2009). Harris has a Master of Arts in Art History, from the University of New Mexico (1991). From 1989-1996, he was Associate Curator of Photographs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Between 1996 and 2004, he worked as an independent curator and photographic historian, specializing in nineteenth-century and contemporary architectural and landscape photography. In 1999 he began teaching at the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, and was appointed Assistant Professor in 2004 and Associate Professor in 2008.
In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Eugene Atget: Unknown Paris (2003; an English edition of Itineraires Parisiens, 1999), Of Battle and Beauty: Felice Beato's Photographs of China in 1860 (1999), Gabor Szilasi: Photographs, 1954-1996 (1997), and Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880 (1993). He is currently engaged in a study of use and history of the photographic contact sheet.
The exhibition is organized by the Musée d’art de Joliette and the National Gallery of Canada