What I Saw: Fran Hurcomb at the PWNHC

photos and words by Fran Hurcomb

Forty years is a long time, especially when viewed in mountains of photographs. Since I came to Yellowknife in 1975, I seem to have amassed about 10,000 negatives, 40,000 slides and, at a guess, 100,000 digital files. I thought this might be a good year to actually take a look at the photos I’ve taken in the North. So, starting this month, I’m having a show in the upstairs mezzanine of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre entitled “What I Saw.”

For six months, I’ve been scanning, printing and framing. Just when I think I have it all figured out, I find another forgotten gem. But they’ll soon be up on the wall…about 80 photographs from the Northwest Territories spanning 40 years. It should be interesting.

I hope lots of people will be able to take a look at the changes I’ve seen, the growth I’ve made as a photographer and the incredible influence of the digital revolution on photography.

What I Saw opens Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the PWNHC and will be on display until September.


Forty below geophysics, Kennady Lake, Barrenlands, 1994

Forty below geophysics, Kennady Lake, Barrenlands, 1994

Judy Lafferty hanging fish, Mackenzie

River, north of Fort Good Hope, 1985

Blue bike in the Woodyard, 2006


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