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Thursday, 9 August 2012

William Notman

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I was going through some old newspapers and came across one about Scottish immigrant and 'Photographer to the Queen', William Notman.  In 1856, he came to Montreal due to the Notman family business going bankrupt back home which, unfortunately, was his fault.  His accounting practices were dodgy.  After establishing his first job as a dry-goods merchant, his wife, Alice, and their daughter, Fanny, joined him in their new home.   Photography was just a hobby in the beginning for Notman, but it blossomed into something more.  The subjects of his photos varied: Royalty, Buffalo Bill, Governors General, Harriet Beecher Stowe and many many more.  Notman was also given the honor of photographing the final stages of the Victoria Bridge.  With his booming business, Notman was able to redeem himself and expand on the art of photography.

Here's a link for those who wish to know more: http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/keys/virtualexhibits/notmanstudio/

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