In-Gallery Talk: High Adventure
Wilderness Journey: Pilgrimage and Metaphor
with Carole Harmon
Carole Harmon recently came to understand her grandfather’s work as an homage to natural beauty, the story of man battling the elements and prevailing. Many of the photographs in this exhibition were staged, hardships deliberately exaggerated. With humour, charm, and dogged persistence Byron Harmon created and documented the quintessential wilderness journey of his time.
During this in-gallery talk, Harmon will lead the way through the exhibition with personal comments on how and why the photographs were taken, what would have been involved in staging them, and their significance to the narrative.
Carole Harmon is a multimedia artist who works with photographs, writing and performance. She has been involved with the photographs of her grandfather, Byron Harmon, since the mid 1970’s when she undertook a multi-faceted project to preserve his work. This resulted in a travelling exhibit, In Mountain Light, a book, Great Days in the Rockies, and the donation of the Byron Harmon Collection to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies by the Harmon family. Carole was co-founder of Altitude Publishing Ltd., 1979-1991. She operated Harmon Gallery in Banff from 1998-2011.