Remembering George Hunter, the man who saw Canada’s magic through his camera
He’s crisscrossed Canada more than 100 times, and has had his photos published in prestigious magazines, textbooks, and encyclopedias. His work is in galleries and public archives. He’s even made his mark on daily Canadian life – but it’s likely that his name may be unfamiliar to most.
George Hunter spent his career documenting 20th-century Canada, capturing as much of it as he can: from its people to its grand natural landscapes. He has achieved feats thought to be impossible at the time: when air travel wasn’t so accessible, and photo editors at TIME magazine thought nighttime aerial photos couldn’t be done, Hunter proved them wrong.
His work encompasses a wide range of subjects, displaying how he found magic and art through both the grand awesome features of Canada, and simpler moments of the people living in them.
In fact, his photos have even made it on national currency. This image of the salmon fishing boat on the old five-dollar bill is his work, as is the oil refinery on the ten-dollar bill.
Along with his photographic work came some great stories and adventures – from being thrown out of a plane over Edmonton to being charged by a moose in Bantff National Park.
But for the photographer who’s spent decades in his career, it’s all in a day’s work. And aside from producing stunning photos, he also has another goal: to get more Canadians to appreciate photography as an art.
Hunter has compiled sets of heritage prints and donated them to public galleries and museums, hoping that by making them publicly accessible, Canadians can appreciate the magic of their own country.
“My mission is to show Canadians, and the world, a little of our country. The more they see something of Canada’s grandeur and diversity of its people, the more they will appreciate it. I will not rest a minute until my mission is accomplished,” he says.
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