Gold Nuggets and Silver Salts: The Photographic Legacy of Frederick Dally

Lecture by Joan M. Schwartz

During his brief career behind the camera (1866-1870), Frederick Dally produced not only a remarkable visual record of people and places from Coast to Cariboo, but also an enduring vision of land and life in early British Columbia. This talk will take a close look at the man behind the many familiar and iconic images of gold-rush era British Columbia and offer some observations on significant aspects of his photographic legacy.

Dr Joan M Schwartz is a professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, with research interests in the power of archives and photographs to shape notions of place and identity. This lecture draws on her research for a forthcoming book and exhibition at the Royal BC Museum on the life, landscapes, and legacy of Frederick Dally. 

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