The Lost City
Recording life in Canada’s oldest city through more than a thousand images, photographer Ian MacEachern witnessed the profound transformation of Saint John NB as it was buffeted by the forces of modernization during the 1960s. These photographs display extraordinary power in their honest depictions of fleeting moments and illustrate a certain raw humanity.
For a new large-format book, “The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John”, architectural and social historian John Leroux has selected 75 black-and-white photographs drawn from MacEachern’s exceptional archive and has written an accompanying essay that examines the effect of urban renewal on civic architecture, historic neighbourhoods and community structure. There may be lessons to be learned here.
This touring exhibition, on view through Saturday 6 July 2019 and sponsored by the Beaverbrook Gallery and the Canada Council for the Arts (among others), allows photography enthusiasts and community planning pundits alike to view dozens of archival prints that chronicle an urban way of life that has been largely forgotten until now.