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Serge Barbeau, John Chalmers, David Evans, Jean-Daniel Gagnon, Marvin Gasoi, Lorraine Gilbert, Jennifer Harper, Richard Holden, Peter Hutchison, Nomi Kaplan, David Rasmus, Cyril Ryan, Barbara Spohr, George Yorkin, Robert Walker
From January 6th 1981 to January 31st 1981
Flore, les oeuvres des photographes canadiens

"Flora” at Optica, reflects what is happening in photography among the English Canadian art community. Why Flora? Many young photographers, some known others not, expressed their desire to exhibit at Optica. The members of the exhibition committee looked at their portfolios and noticed that some of the works had a common denominator: images of nature. For these artists, photography became an aesthetic and ecology floralie contrasting with the social content of the documentary photographers of Quebec, as one can see at OVO for example. The result was a thick and smiling, all landscape, roots, vegetation abounding, in isolated frames or where the colour green dominated.

Sometimes, and generally among the Western Canadian photographers, the photograph was manipulated, worked like a print. Only in the case of Robert Walker, whose work is the most expressionist in his tormented interpretations of concentration camps during WWII where the ground has begun to reflourish.

This exhibition arouses in one's mind tropical images although we are still in January. It informs, in its manner, the state of photography in English Canada.
- Press release (Optica)

Bibliographie
- Montreal Calendar Magazine, janvier 1981, p.25.
- Viau, René, «Les Galeries Rouvrent leurs Portes», Le Devoir, 17 janvier 1981.