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Item Name: Photograph
Title: Francis, Saskatchewan
Maker: Don Hall
Year: 1980
Country: Canadian
Materials: silver print
Measurements: overall: 24 cm x 31.5 cm
ID Number: PC89.6
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Don Hall's photographs depict rural and urban landscapes, architecture, and portraits, most frequently with a Saskatchewan focus. Hall chooses subject matter that captures a sense of place and time. This photograph, taken in the small town of Francis in South East Saskatchewan reveals the dirt roads and spare architecture prevalent during the 1980s in the rural areas of our province. The image is not symmetrical, but balances dark areas with light, and draws our eye to the white square of light framed by the dark window on this geometric and anonymous building. Like in many of Hall’s photographs, he captures the relatable universality of his subject matter, while also exposing its unique and distinct qualities. Don Hall (1951- ) is a Regina-based photographer and dark-room printer. Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Hall began his studies at University of Regina (1968-1970) at a time when photography was a film and chemical based medium. He earned a Diploma of Photographic Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta (1972). In addition to his studio practice, Hall worked at University of Regina as Manager of the Photography Department until 2014. A member of Saskatoon’s Photographers Gallery (now PAVED Arts), Hall co-edited a book with Randy Burton on Saskatchewan photography entitled, “Between Time and Place: Contemporary Saskatchewan Photography” (1989, Fifth House Publishers). His work has been exhibited nationally, and is held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).