While visiting the Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA) recently I was able to take in the Gerald Richardson – Life Through The Lens exhibit that was in the Silo Gallery. The exhibit featured many photographs by Richardson that are on loan to the DCMA.
Richardson was from Orangeville, Ontario in Dufferin County and is well known for his photographs of the British Royal family, the Canadian navy, and Canada at war. Richardson famously photographed the Royal tour of 1939 and 1951. Richardson started his career as a photographer taking family portraits and went on to serve in the the Royal Canadian Navy as the first Photographic Officer.
The Silo Gallery at the DCMA is named that because it is literally located in the top portion of a silo. The rounded small space has beautiful views of the surrounding area but is challenging as an exhibit space. Despite the small rounded area I’ve seen a number of successful art, photograph, and print based exhibitions in this space over the years. The Richardson exhibit did an excellent job of highlighting his connections to Dufferin County, displays some of his more well known works and iconic photographs of the Royal family. The exhibit had both local, national, and international historical content making it an exhibit which would appeal to most visitors.