Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Maclean's profiles little-known, ubiquitous photographer George Hunter

Photo by Simon Bell
Maclean's has published a profile of "the most famous photographer you've never heard of" -- George Hunter. Jody White writes that if you grew up in the '70s and '80s, you've probably seen on of Hunter's pix, whether on   the $5, $10, and $50 bills as well as two stamps or in public places and private galleries. Among his most famous magazine work was a 12-page portfolio of the U.S. photographed from the air at night for TIME magazine.
Photographers get a raw deal in Canada, where they’re just barely more famous than poets. Apart from the late Karsh brothers or Ed Burtynsky (of Manufactured Landscapes fame), the average Canadian would have a hard time naming a top photographer. Despite his extensive body of work, Hunter is as inconspicuous as they come.
Hunter, who is 90,  lives in Mississauga now, where he maintains a studio.



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