Laura Brandon


This article focuses on the photographic work of two Canadian military artists whose careers are separated by half a century. Alex Colville (1920–2013) used photography in his work but rarely mentioned it and never publicly exhibited or acknowledged it. Elaine Goble (born 1956) bases all her work on photography, engages explicitly with it, acknowledges it, exhibits and donates it, but does not consider herself a professional photographer. An exploration of these two artists’ relationship with photography sheds some light on how attitudes to the medium have changed in recent decades. Photography’s new prominence in the digital age has affected artists, photographers, institutions, collectors, as well as art and photo historians, and encouraged reconsideration of past practices.