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Canadian Photography Institute launches photostory website

The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa has launched a new website called Photostories Canada. The site, located at <>, was developed in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada. It offers a searchable collection of approximately 800 photostories created between 1955 and 1971 by the National Film Board of Canada. Each photostory consists of four to 12 photographs, with captions, on various cultural, industrial, scientific and political events. The site also offers a tool with which visitors can create a photostory by selecting images from the collection and providing narration.

“These photostories function as valuable historical resources that tell vital stories about Canada from the post-war era to the early seventies, an important period of development and growth for the country,” said Andrea Kunard, associate curator at the Canadian Photography Institute. “The stories often present an idealized image of Canada, which we encourage users to engage with critically. Thinking about the way we represented our country in the past gives us the opportunity to consider how we want it to be viewed in the future.”

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