Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta

Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette 

Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta takes a selective look at the late  analogic period through the eyes, camera shutters and darkrooms of twenty-seven photographers working in the province. Featuring close to 80 works in (gelatin) silver print, C-print, Ektacolour, Cibachrome and other less common film products or  processes, this large survey also highlights the growth of fine art photography from the documentary to the more conceptual or photo-based art. Considered as well is the contribution made by certain post-secondary institutions, public art galleries and collections in the province.

Photo courtesy Elyse Bouvier

Featuring works by:


Jan 15 – March 16, 2019


Thursday January 17, 2019

Randall Adams
Shane Arsenault and Natalia Barberis
Dianne Bos
Douglas Clark
Diane Colwell
Don Corman
Douglas Curran
John Fukushima
Hubert Hohn
Dan Hudson
M.N. Hutchinson
Carol Johnston
Sima Khorrami

Ernie Kroeger
Don Mabie
Arthur Nishimura
Ingrid Plaudis
Garth Rankin
Craig Richards
Orest Semchishen
Colin Smith
Barbara Spohr
Ed Spiteri
Sandra Vida
George Webber
John Will

Presented in partnership with Contemporary Calgary and Illingworth Kerr Gallery (AUArts)

Images 1-18 courtesy Noel Begin
Images 19-28 courtesy Elyse Bouvier

Public Programs

Depth of Field: Practices in Contemporary Photography

Wednesday February 6, 2pm-7pm
Stanford Perrot Lecture Theatre (AUArts)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Before Digital: Post 1970 Photography in Alberta, guest-curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette, this symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions with artists participating in the exhibition as well as regional artists utilizing photography in their practice.   

Continuity and Change within Photographymoderated by Mitch Kern
Panellists: Shane Arsenault and Natalia Barberis, M.N. Hutchinson, Dona Schwartz  

Capturing Subjects, Exposing Communitymoderated by Ashley Scarlett
Panellists: Douglas Curran, Elmer Ghostkeeper, Leah Hennel, George Webber  

Not Boring – Landscapes, Places and Identitiesmoderated by Benedict Fullalove
Panellists: Diane Colwell, Tanya Harnett, Dan Hudson, Tyler Los-Jones


Curator’s Tour of Before Digital: Post 1970 Photography in Alberta with Guest Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette
Saturday February 16, 11am

All programs are free and open to the public

Public programming is presented in partnership with Exposure Photography Festival