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Review of New Photo Books

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Louise Abbott has written on the subject of photography for more than thirty years. Below is a review that appeared in  The (Montreal) Gazette on December 11, 2010. It was reprinted in The Edmonton Journal and in the Ottawa Citizen.

Photographers Explore the World


After the photographic process was invented in the nineteenth century, two kinds of photographers emerged: those who set up their equipment in a studio, and those who took to the road or the high seas with their cameras. Photographers today continue to pursue studio or field work. This season’s photo books embrace both genres of photography, but the most compelling showcase visual explorations of the real world.

In the mid-1850s, Italian-born Felice Beato was hired by an older photographer to record battlefields of the Crimean War, and then religious architecture and biblical sites in the Middle East. When he branched out on his own, Beato kept up a peripatetic existence, driven by a combination of wanderlust and entrepreneurialism. “As Western interests expanded across the globe in the second half of the nineteenth century, European publics sought images of newly accessible countries and culture,” Anne Lacoste writes in a handsome new coffee-table book, Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (Getty Publications, 204 pages, $47.95).


Beato, a flamboyant, forceful personality, journeyed extensively in the Sudan, Burma, India, and the Far East. He created detailed images of buildings, monuments, landscapes, and people, and sold them as illustrations for popular anthropological and travel accounts; over the years, he gained fame, “made many fortunes and lost them.” 

Today Beato’s photographs are represented in private and public collections internationally, and he is recognized as a seminal nineteenth-century photographer. But Lacoste is the first to provide an overview of his life and work. Her book was published in tandem with an exhibition of the same name at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It boasts 162 reproductions of sepia-toned and sometimes hand-coloured images, and it bears the high-quality printing, design, and binding that have become the hallmark of Getty Publications.


Block and Tackle

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In the fall of 2010, Rural Route Communications completed a video titled Block and Tackle: A Traditional Timber-Frame Raising for Hamlet Heavy Timberwork about the erection of a timber frame for a sugar cabin on a beautiful farm outside of Georgeville. Because of the project's location in the woods, the crew had to transport all the construction material by tractor and had to raise the structure using block and tackle.

You can see the block and tackle video on YouTube.



Radio Interview (Louise Abbott & Allan Bachelder)


To learn more about the video  Crisscrossing Space and Time: A History of Farm Fencing, listen to this radio interview with Louise Abbott and now-retired beef producer Allan Bachelder.

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Meet Vito DeFilippo

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Freelance videographer and video editor Vito DeFilippo is a highly valued member of the Rural Route Communications production team. Since 2008 he has worked with us on numerous video shoots. He has also completed the online edit and sound mix of nearly twenty video documentaries that Rural Route Communications has produced:

 Quebec Roots (Blue Metropolis Foundation, 2008)

 The Best Practices Tour (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association, 2009)

 The Settlement of Wemindji (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

 Wemindji (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

From Bark to Basket (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

 Bannock on a Stick (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

 Albanel-Témiscamie-Otish Park: Preserving the Land and the Cree Way of Life (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 A Park for All Seasons (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 Fishing with the Crees of Mistissini (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 Mistissini Tourism (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 Giving Shelter: Historic Barns of the Eastern Townships (Rural Route Communications, 2009)

 Crisscrossing Space and Time: A History of Farm Fencing (Rural Route Communications, 2009)

 A Journey to Remember (Neeposh Family, 2010)

Block and Tackle: Traditional Timber-Frame Raising (Hamlet Heavy Timberwork, 2010)

Historic Georgeville: Walks and Talks with John Boynton (Rural Route Communications, 2010)

Rawhide to Leather (Rural Route Communications, 2011)

A New Lilfe for an Old Bridge (Hamlet Heavy Timberwork, 2011)

Once Upon a Time (Blue Metropolis Foundation, 2012)

Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association, 2014)

 Learn more about Vito.

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