"Ottawa Transformed: The Decade Past"
: August 20 to 31, 2015 ::
Dedicated to my daughter Thea, born in Ottawa on August 1, 2015.
We find ourselves today on the verge of a major transformation to the landscape of our city: the multi-phase light rail network connecting new and old neighbourhoods like never before, the ambitious redevelopment of the Chaudière Falls into a world-class sustainable community, the Bayview Yards Innovation Centre destined to bolster the city's reputation as “Silicon Valley North,” the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Arts Court expansion, and, of course, the highly anticipated new Central Library – the largest and most prominent project in the history of the Ottawa Public Library. These exciting new changes will define the next decade of growth of our nation's capital.
Reflecting on my first decade as a newcomer and proud resident of Ottawa, I present to you a retrospective of my photographs of the city spanning ten years: 2005 to 2015. With 34 works on display across two floors of the Ottawa Public Library, this is my largest exhibition to date. I invite you to mark the #WorldPhotographyDay by exploring our city like never before over the next ten days of the exhibition.
It is also a great pleasure to coincide this exhibition with the upcoming publication of a book titled "Transforming Ottawa: Canada's Capital in the Eyes of Jacques Gréber" by fellow Ottawa resident and professional urban planner Alain Miguelez. To be released in the fall of 2015, his book documents the changing landscape of our city through historical photographs. The book was inspired by the rediscovery, at the National Archives, of a large collection of hauntingly beautiful street scenes of Ottawa in 1930's, commissioned by Jacques Gréber, the French urban planner hired by the Prime Minister of the day (W.L. Mackenzie King) to prepare a master plan for our city. The book looks at the city as Gréber saw it in 1937, when he first set foot in Ottawa, describes his famous 1950 plan, and discusses its outcomes and effects on our city. The book contains about 300 of these incredibly sharp and crisp black-and-white Ottawa street scenes from the late 1930's, in high resolution. You will see photos of streets and corners that are now unrecognizable, and some that have remained amazingly unchanged. Now 65 years old, this blueprint for our city was almost entirely implemented over the decades and, in many ways, has defined the city as we know it today.
In this first-of-a-kind partnership with another creative author, I am happy to offer a complimentary copy of Alain's new book with the purchase of any of my framed photographs from the exhibition. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to pay tribute to our city by supporting two of its creative artists and being among the first to own a copy of this much anticipated new book about Ottawa!
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