Northern Exposures: Photographing and Filming the Canadian North, 1920-45

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To many, the North is a familiar but inaccessible place. Yet images of
the region are within easy reach, in magazine racks, on our coffee
tables, and on television, computer, and movie screens. In Northern
Exposures, Peter Geller uncovers the history behind these popular
conceptions of the Canadian North.

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In many ways, Geller’s Northern Exposures is ground-breaking. It is the first book to describe and document, with many superb illustrations, some of the extensive camera work done in the Canadian North; it is also the first book ... to provide a critique of certain key institutions and individuals whose images have constructed and conditioned southern Canadians’ perceptions of the North. But I want to begin with one aspect of this book that deserves special praise – the illustrations ... readers owe Geller and UBC Press much thanks ... each image is nicely subtitled and perfectly placed ... Geller concludes this study with an excellent bibliography. Bravo! (Sherrill Grace, University of British Columbia Canadian Historical Review, vol. 87, no.1)

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Peter Geller is a historian and vice-provost at
the University of the Fraser Valley.

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