Richard Harrington | A Retrospective

14 June - 21 July 2007

Exhibition Dates: June 14 – July 21, 2007


The gallery is pleased to announce its representation of the Estate of Richard Harrington (Born 1911, Hamburg, Germany – Died 2005, Toronto, Canada) and our first exhibition of his work.


Harrington’s career as a writer, journalist and photographer spanned over forty years, during which time he visited over 120 countries. He is perhaps best known for his photographs of the Canadian arctic taken during numerous trips by dog-sled between 1948 and 1953. In particular, it was his 1950 visit to Padlei (on the west shore of Hudson Bay) where he witnessed the starvation of the Padleimiut affected by changing caribou migration patterns, which brought his work to international attention.


In addition to the above-mentioned work, our exhibition will include vintage photographs from the South Seas made during several trips in the 1950’s; China, from trips made in the mid-1960’s; as well as a 1956 story depicting Pan Phillips and family, on what was North America’s longest cattle drive, from Home Ranch to Quesnel, British Columbia.


Harrington’s photographs have appeared in many books. His work has been collected and exhibited by such organizations as the National Archives of Canada, the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2001, Richard Harrington was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.