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Highlights of the Collection
Nicholas Morant (b. 1910, d. 1999)
Female munitions worker uses light to inspect interior of 25-pounder field gun case at a munitions plant (prob. Robert Mitchell Co.)
Dorothy Partis peers down an aluminum tube at the Aluminum Company of Canada
Piles of rough castings of Universal Carrier track links adjacent to steering knuckles at the Ford Motor Company of Canada plant
Woman worker replaces a spool of cotton yarn on a 'warping machine' at the Montreal Cottons textile plant
Workman loads alumina into pots with the use of a crane on Soderberg pots at the Arvida Aluminum Company of Canada
Unidentified woman sewing cordite bags at the Cherrier plant
An accomplished photographer, Nicholas Morant's keen eye and subtle use of lighting contribute to his distinctive style. Although Morant did not receive formal training in photography, he had a long and successful career as a photographer with the Canadian Pacific Railway, interrupted only by his war work for the government of Canada. He was most noted for his railway imagery, but at the beginning of his career had worked as a portrait and news photographer for the Winnipeg Free Press and The Canadian Press. His photographs also appeared in National Geographic as well as on former $1, $50 and $100 Canadian bank currencies. In 1990, Nicholas Morant was awarded the Order of Canada for his outstanding photographic contribution to Canada's visual heritage.
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