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Item Name: Photograph
Title: Untitled
Maker: Keith Moulding
Year: 1997
Country: Canadian
Materials: gelatin silver print on fibre board
Measurements: Left: 17 cm x 16.75 cm; Right: 16.75 cm x 16.5 cm
ID Number: PC97.2

Extended Label Info: This is one of Keith Moulding’s more personal artworks, a portrait of his parents. He creates an unusual composition by framing two images in reverse order, disrupting the visual panorama. The dark edges around each photo show that they have been “printed to black” in the darkroom. In chemical-based photography, showing the edge of the negative demonstrates that the image has not been cropped, a convention popularized by the photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. Moulding works as an artist and a photo-journalist, using a variety of cameras and techniques, but like his influences, Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank, he is interested in the subject matter of everyday life. This “slice of life” approach is evident in his documentary images. In the book, “Between Time and Place: Contemporary Saskatchewan Photography” (1989), Moulding’s photos of the music festival in Craven focus on the crowd. In one image, he captures the moment as a man kneels to wash his face in a puddle. Keith Moulding (1953 - ) is a Saskatchewan-based freelance photographer. Born in Regina, Moulding studied at Sheridan College in Toronto, graduating in 1974. From 1974 to 1980 Moulding lived and worked in Stratford, Ontario. As a photojournalist, Moulding created photographs for Canadian Art, Saturday Night Magazine, Globe & Mail, Readers Digest, Canadian Living, Elm Street and Western Living Magazine. When Moulding returned to Saskatchewan, he continued to work as a features photographer, and also taught at the University of Regina, School of Journalism. Moulding’s images of prairie buildings were featured with Susan Dobson’s images of urban sprawl in “Suburbia”, a look at rural depopulation and urban growth exhibited at the Sherwood Branch of Dunlop Art Gallery in 2001. Moulding is currently based in Buena Vista, near Regina Beach. His photographic work has been exhibited nationally and is held in public and private collections.