Byron Harmon Photographer

I came across two pieces of Canadiana this past week which hve travelled 7000 km (4400 mi), around 80 years, and is in part about a man with an almost impossible goal.  A man who had a huge effect on photography in western Canada.  His name #ByronHarmon.

Three Sisters photograph by Byron Harmon

Three Sisters photograph by Byron Harmon

Byron Harmon’s desire was to photograph all the peaks in the Rockies.  A man with an adventurous spirit who in working on his dream was a charter member of the Alpine Club of Canada.  The ACC explored the remote regions of the Rockies and Selkirks.  They surveyed, performed glacial studies, and have a number of first ascents to their name.  A perfect situation for Harmon and his cameras.

Stoney Creek Bridge photograph by Byron Harmon

Stoney Creek Bridge photograph by Byron Harmon

They travelled by foot, packtrain, dogteam, snowshoe carrying teepees or tents.  A man who captured not only a time and place but a spirit as well.

I came across Set I of ‘Selected Real Photographs’ – Canadian Pacific Rockies – 20 for 50c.  Small 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 – black and white images in their original packaging .  Published 1925-30?

Fraser Canyon sceneograph by The Gowah Sutton Company

Fraser Canyon sceneograph by The Gowah Sutton Company

The second item comes from #TheGowenSuttonCo.Ltd. A package of 10 #SceneOgraph real photos of Fraser Canyon – 10 for 25c.  Photos uncredited but once again from around 1935-ish.  The Gowen Sutton Co. was established by Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowan (1878-1946).

Cisco Bridge sceneograph by Gowen Sutton Co.

Cisco Bridge sceneograph by Gowen Sutton Co.

 

This entry was posted in Photographs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s