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Fathers of Confederation


Fathers of Confederation


Title: The Fathers of Confederation, Charlottetown, 1864
Artist: (G.P. Roberts) Lionel F. Stevenson
Description: Giclée print, signed in black felt pen by Stevenson and dated 2001. The original image was photographed by G.P. Roberts at the Charlottetown Conference in 1864. Stevenson digitally restored the image, added sepia tone, and renewed the copyright in 1988. The image measures 10 1/4 x 16". Printed page measures 13 x 19".

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Lionel Francis Stevenson (1939-2017) was born in New Glasgow, P.E.I. He purchased his first camera in Charlottetown at the age of eight. By the early 1960s, Stevenson was working commercially in Toronto, and was already showing fine art photography in 1964, beginning with an exhibition at Hart House, University of Toronto. In 1967, he was named Canadian Professional Photographer of the Year. Later, he became a darkroom assistant to the American photographer Berenice Abbott, whom he described as his mentor. Stevenson recalls it was Abbott who taught him how to capture a highly personal form of photographic expression, as much through printing technique as through selection of the initial shot. Stevenson was also influenced by the work of the French photographer Eugène Atget, and the American Ansel Adams. Stevenson is best known for his portraits of islanders as well as island landscapes, street scenes, and architectural subjects. He worked mainly in black-and-white. He was the author of several books and the subject of several solo exhibitions. He died in Charlottetown.