Imagining Winnipeg

Imagining Winnipeg

History Through the Photographs of L.B. Foote

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In an expanding and socially fractious early twentieth-century Winnipeg, Lewis Benjamin Foote (1873–1957) rose to become the city’s pre-eminent commercial photographer. Documenting everything from royal visits to deep poverty, from the building of the landmark Fort Garry Hotel to the riots of the 1919 General Strike, Foote’s photographs have come to be iconic representations of early Winnipeg life. In Imagining Winnipeg, historian Esyllt W. Jones takes us beyond the iconic to reveal the complex artist behind the lens and the conflicting ways in which his photographs have been used to give credence to diverse and sometimes irreconcilable views of Winnipeg’s past. Incorporating 160 stunning photographs from the more than 2,000 images in the Archives of Manitoba Foote Collection, Imagining Winnipeg challenges our understanding of visual history and the city we thought we knew.


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Jones (history, U. of Manitoba, Canada) collects the photographs of commercial photographer Lewis Benjamin Foote, who documented the city life of Winnipeg, Canada, over a period of about 45 years. Jones compiles his best-known photos from the Archives of Manitoba from 1906 to 1950, which include private parties, family reunions, sporting events, factories and businesses, royal visits, the construction of landmarks, workers, celebrities, community groups, weddings, parades, funerals, and the 1919 General Strike. He includes brief descriptions and an introduction to Foote's life and career. Distributed in the US by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780887557354
Branch Call Number: 971.2743 JON
Characteristics: xxv, 154 p. :,chiefly ill., ports. ;,25 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Foote, L. B. (Lewis Benjamin), 1873-1957

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