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Hubert Hohn: Edmonton Entrances and Suburban Landscapes

Untitled (Edmonton Entrances), 1974. Cibachrome print. Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, Commissioned through a grant from The Museums Assistance Programmes of the National Museums of Canada. The prints were made possible through grants from The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and the Women's Society.

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This exhibition features works from two photographic series created by Edmonton-based photographer Hubert Hohn in the 1970s.

In 1974, Hohn undertook a comprehensive project entitled “Edmonton Entrances", in which he photographed the decorated doorways of the 1940s and 1950s fieldstone and stucco bungalows that proliferate in Edmonton. These highly-coloured and richly-detailed images reveal the incredible creativity and variety of this unique element of Edmonton vernacular design.  A year later, in 1975, Hubert Hohn focused his lens on the modern residential areas in Edmonton growing suburbs. The Suburban Landscapes, shot in black and white, reveal new design aesthetics common to homes built in the 1970s.

Together, these two series of photographs tell a story of the domestic architecture in Edmonton, and reveal how we see and often overlook these essential elements of the design and image of our city.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and presented by PCL Construction as a part of the Poole Centre of Design.

Bios

Hubert Hohn was born in Arizona in 1944, and studied photography with American master photographers Ansel Adams and Minor White. In the late 1960s, he emigrated to Alberta where he began teaching photography. Through his work at the University of Alberta, the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop and The Banff Centre, and as a curator of photography at The Edmonton Art Gallery, Hohn became an important catalyst for contemporary photographic practice in western Canada. With their attention to the study of types and the impact of urbanism, Hohn’s works can be likened to the work of the “New Topographics,” a group of photographers first named in 1975 following an exhibition at the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, N.Y.

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