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Private photographic collections that were digitized for the meetings between Nunavut youth and Elders

Richard Sterling Finnie

Richard Sterling Finnie (1906-1987) accompanied numerous expeditions to the North. His first voyage was aboard the CGS Arctic, under the command of Captain Bernier, in 1924. During the 1930-1931 expedition to the Western Arctic, Finnie filmed Dance of the Copper Eskimos. This collection contains photographs by Finnie as well as by other photographers.

Charles Gimpel

Photographer and modern-art dealer Charles Gimpel (?-1973) pursued an interest in Inuit art that resulted in numerous trips to communities in the Baffin (Qikiqtaaluk) and Kivalliq (formerly Keewatin) regions from 1958 to 1969. The photographs in this collection, depicting Inuit artists and daily life, were taken by Gimpel, Bryan Pearson and Lorne Smith.

William Harold Grant

First World War veteran William Harold Grant (1901-1980) served as secretary to J.D. Craig, the officer in charge of the Eastern Arctic expedition of 1922. The photographer of these images is unknown, but it is highly possible that they were taken by Grant.

Donald Benjamin Marsh

Born in Middlesex, England, Donald Benjamin Marsh (1903-1973) arrived at Arviat (formerly Eskimo Point) at the age of 23 to set up an Anglican mission. In addition to his clerical duties, Marsh was also an amateur photographer and filmmaker. These photographs were all taken during his stay in Arviat during the mid-1930s.

Kryn Taconis

Photojournalist Kryn Taconis (1918-1979) was born in Holland and emigrated to Toronto in 1959. He became a special contributor to major Canadian magazines, and also worked for the National Film Board of Canada for three years. Taconis's photographs digitized for Project Naming feature Inuit from Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay) and Igloolik (Iglulik).

Arthur H. Tweedle

Optometrist and amateur photographer Arthur H. Tweedle (1900-1976) served on voyages sponsored by the Canadian Institute for the Blind aboard the RMS Nascopie in 1945 and again in 1946. During these trips, he kept a journal and took black and white photographs and colour slides of Inuit. So far, only the black and white photographs have been digitized for Project Naming.