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A Photographic Memory

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Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds approximately 30 million photographs from various public and private sources in its collection. Representing the history of photography from its beginnings in the early 1840s to the present day, these images are an invaluable resource for the visual history of Canada and Canadians.

Framing Canada: A Photographic Memory presents a searchable database of digitized photographs that tell the fascinating and ever-changing story of how Canadians see themselves and their world. The website offers Photographic Collections, a history of the LAC photo collections, as well as 11 thematic essays entitled Nation Building, The Canadian Mosaic, Portraiture, Aboriginal Peoples, Amateur Photography, Photojournalism, The Evolution of Photography, Commercial Photography, War and Conflict, A Sense of Space and The Weird and Wacky. Featured in each essay is a gallery showcasing a selection of significant images from the LAC collection.

Other sections of the website are a glossary of photographic terms, an educational resource and a searchable database. For tips on how to search the LAC photographic collection, please consult Search Help.