Big Skies and Lantern Slides
Updated: Jan 17
Join us as we celebrate the opening of our 2020 Exposure: Alberta's Photography Festival exhibitions!
Opening Reception — Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m., Free
Danny Singer spent many of his early years visiting friends and their families in small prairie towns. The main streets of small towns in Alberta and Saskatchewan appealed to his sensibilities and ultimately became the source and content of his photography.
The magic lantern show is a direct ancestor of today’s media culture. Lantern slides were fed through an early form projector, throwing an enlarged image onto a surface for public viewing. Developed in the 17th century, the first lantern slides were hand painted glass; through the 19th century lantern slides were produced through printing and photographic processes to create a positive transparency, and by the early 20th century lantern slides were created, bought, traded and used globally. Projecting Illusions reinterprets the spectacle of the magic lantern show offering stunning visuals from the archives. Projecting Illusions highlights the social history of lantern slides, underlining the practice of collecting and displaying slides in the Canadian Rockies.