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Douglas Curran
From March 15th 1983 to April 9th 1983
In Advance of the Landing / Folk Concepts of Outer Space

“Among Canadian photographers, Douglas Curran has become something of a legend. People talk about how in 1977 the Ryerson photography graduate began his single-minded pursuit of individuals, groups and artefacts associated with UFOlogy, how he packed up his battered lemon-yellow Renault with camera equipment and provisions, and travelled all over Canada and the U.S. following tips and intuition.

In the course of nearly four years on the road, Curran assembled a formidable array of black-and-white and colour photographs.

Among them: a portrait of a middle-aged woman in a flowing gown- Archangel Uriel of a California group called Unarius- alighting from her futuristically decorated car; a scene of a circle of people atop Mount Rainier, Washington engaged in an annual ritual of attempted telepathic communication with extraterrestrial beings; and a view of a roadside restaurant built in the shape of a flying saucer. Curran also gathered clippings and other written material on UFOlogy.

Indeed, the young photographer has produced the first comprehensive photo documentary study of the phenomenon. His collection of images and text, entitled “In Advance of the Landing- Folk Concepts of Outer Space”, will be on view at Optica Gallery in Montreal […]”
- Abbott, Louise, “For photographing Curran, UFOlogy is a modern religion”, The Gazette, Thursday, March 10, 1983.

- Abbott, Louise, “For photographing Curran, UFOlogy is a modern religion”, The Gazette, Thursday, March 10, 1983.