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John Chalmers, John Blahut
From September 1st 1975 to October 3rd 1975
A Boldness of Vision

"John Chalmers and John Blahut are promising Toronto photographers developing powerful and unique approaches to photography. Chalmers’s images are stark and disturbing ; Blahut uses the medium for introspective ends. What they achieve is an intensity and boldness of vision."
- Invitation (Optica)

"Both men play with the relationship of reality to the camera in terms of the unquestioned expectations that limit what the camera’s supposed to do. You can take pictures of real live people; you cannot portray – as the main character – something which is already a reproduction. Thus, it is somewhat frightening to be confronted by portraits of mannequins, a still-life consisting of stuffed mammals. Chalmers’ world is a masked ball with an often faceless cast – images of masks, a child standing beneath a flat effigy of the seven dwarfs, or a bowling scene in which the three human protagonists are mysteriously inanimate – two of the people have lost their heads in the cropping, the gentleman becomes the hat he wears since we never meet his eyes. For both photographers the subject matter is indeed a kind of front – trollish sentries which like that ghoulish white dog by Chalmers – guard over another, less well-known world nearby."
- "Gallery roundup", The Montreal Star, September 10th 1975.

Bibliographie
- «Gallery roundup», The Montreal Star, 10 septembre 1975.