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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.)

Female munitions worker uses light to inspect interior of 25-pounder field gun case at a munitions plant (prob. Robert Mitchell Co.)
e000760287 Source

Dorothy Partis peers down an aluminum tube at the Aluminum Company of Canada

Dorothy Partis peers down an aluminum tube at the Aluminum Company of Canada
e000761227 Source

 

Piles of rough castings of Universal Carrier track links adjacent to steering knuckles at the Ford Motor Company of Canada plant

Piles of rough castings of Universal Carrier track links adjacent to steering knuckles at the Ford Motor Company of Canada plant
e000760751 Source

Woman worker replaces a spool of cotton yarn on a 'warping machine' at the Montreal Cottons textile plant

Woman worker replaces a spool of cotton yarn on a 'warping machine' at the Montreal Cottons textile plant
e000760687 Source

 

Workman loads alumina into pots with the use of a crane on Soderberg pots at the Arvida Aluminum Company of Canada

Workman loads alumina into pots with the use of a crane on Soderberg pots at the Arvida Aluminum Company of Canada
e000761261 Source

Unidentified woman sewing cordite bags at the Cherrier plant

Unidentified woman sewing cordite bags at the Cherrier plant
e000760536 Source

 

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.