Inventing the Land: The History of Landscape Photography


Wednesday, September 28, at 6 p.m

Inventing the Land: The History of Landscape Photography

Since its invention in the 19th century, landscape photography in Canada has helped shape and consolidate our national image. Join this round table discussion on landscape photography, from Alexander Henderson’s day to our own, with experts in art history and photography.  The conversation will explore visual representations of landscapes as both a political and artistic practice. It will be moderated by Zoë Tousignant, Curator of Photography at the McCord Museum.

The activity will take place in English and will be followed by a conversation with the audience in French and English.


  • Karla McManus, Art Historian and Visual Theorist
  • Elizabeth Anne Cavaliere, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University
  • Jessica Auer, Canadian Photographer, Filmmaker and Educator


Free activity, in English, presented on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 6 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
The event will take place at the Museum and will also be broadcast live on Zoom and on the Museum’s Facebook page.
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Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the Museum
Space is limited, reservation required.


Speakers Biographies

Karla McManus

Karla McManus is an art historian and visual theorist who specializes in the study of photography and the environmental imaginary. Her writing and research focus on how historic and contemporary concerns, from wildlife conservation, to environmental disasters, to anxiety about the future, are visualized photographically.

Elizabeth Anne Cavaliere

Elizabeth Anne Cavaliere is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University. She received her PhD in Art History at Concordia University. Her interest in interdisciplinary approaches to Canadian art, photograph, and history is reflected in her published writing.

Jessica Auer

Jessica Auer is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker and educator who lives and works in Iceland. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of landscapes as cultural sites. Through a research-based practice, she examines our social, political and aesthetic attitudes towards place, including but not limited to—historical sites, tourist destinations, and small communities. Jessica received her MFA from Concordia University, where she teaches in the Photography department. Her work has been presented in several museums, galleries and festivals, such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture, The National Museum of Iceland, and the Biennale de la photographie in Mulhouse, France.

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