George Hunter. Photographer. The Last Post.
GEORGE HUNTER, PASSES AT 91
George Hunter, a Canadian photography pioneer, has passed away in Mississauga at the age of 91. Hunter, a long-time National Film Board photographer captured the disappearing nomadic Inuit way of life in Canada's Arctic.
His career spanned 70 years and took pictures all over Canada, the United States and the world. he considered himself as a visual historian and "Canada's Location Photographer". Two of his pictures have been used on Canadian paper bills - salmon ($5 bill) and a petro-chemical plant ($10 bill).
Hunter took pictures for many news sources and high profile clients including the Winnipeg Tribune, Expo 67, and the Royal Family. In the fifties after leaving the National Film Board, Hunter learned how to fly, purchased a Piper Cub and soon became an expert at low-level photography. In the 60s he built a photography bus (complete with a 7 metre ladder on the roof for high-angle shots) and spent ten years traveling across Canada taking photographs. In the last few years of his life, George Hunter has been donating his photographs to museums and art galleries in Canada. He has made arrangements to turn his Mississauga home into a photography museum and retreat.
|George Hunter and his companion 102 year old Patricia Stevenson|
In 2009, Linda Crane and myself assisted George Hunter and the Kipling Gallery in Woodbridge, with the first commercial gallery exhibition and sale of his photographs. The exhibition, Canadian Inuit 194, featured print images taken from his original negatives which captured a now disappeared way of life in the Far North. In 2012 we assisted Mr Hunter in the donation of some of his works to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
There will be a memorial reception, 11 am, Saturday April 20, 2013 at the Scott Funeral Home (420 Dundas St. East) in Mississauga.
The Toronto Star has published George Hunter's obituary at:
|Pork, Hattie and grandson Ikkat, Baker Lake. George Hunter|
|Tapiti with his snow trowel 1946 - George Hunter|