Silver Linings, a Parks Canada exhibition by Miriam Behman and Justin Apperley, showcases a series of 4x5 tintype photographs of present day Dawson City. These small, one-of-a-kind photos utilize the historic process of dry-plate photography from the era of the 1898 Klondike Stampede.
It is on display at the Old Fire Hall as part of Culture Days celebrations on Septmember 26, 10am to 4pm.
Peering at the reflective surfaces will transport you to a time where taking a photo was much more than just pressing a button; Gold Rush photographers carried all of their supplies many kilometres over the Chilkoot Trail, and those who sat for a photograph were required to stay still for minutes on end. This series was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The masks adorned on the faces of the Parks Canada staff at KNHS are indicative of perseverance within the community of Dawson City. They connect history with the present day. The title, Silver Linings, references not only the material used on the surface of the plates, but also the pace of a slower season in Dawson, without which, this project would not have come to fruition.
Miriam Behman and Justin Apperley are interdisciplinary artists living in Dawson City, Yukon. Behman is a recent graduate in Photography from NSCAD University and Apperley holds a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art. Both artists work with alternative photographic techniques and are interested in bringing historic processes into a contemporary context. Outside of their personal work, Behman and Apperley work as heritage interpreters with Parks Canada at the Klondike National Historic Sites. With curiosity and criticality, Apperley and Behman, in conjunction with Parks Canada and their interpretive team, have created a new body of work that explores the tremendous impact photography has made on the collective imagination of the north.
Saturday, September 26
Silver Linings: Tin Type Photo Installation
Saturday, September 26 2020
The Old Fire Hall
1105 Front St, Whitehorse