The history of photography in Canada begins in 1839 when 2 photographic processes were successfully attempted and announced. The French photographer and artist Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre was the first to use a silver-plated copper plate to create a photographic image.
History of Photography in Canada
It was in 1839, the year when the first image was created, when the Halifax Colonial Pearl, the Toronto Patriot, and the Quebec Gazette wrote about the new invention. Canadian daguerreotypists attempted to reproduce the results but this was a difficult task because of a combination of factors – working conditions, fluctuating temperatures, bad weather, and long exposure times. Only a handful of images were created and survived. It was only in 1840 when Sadd and Hasley opened studios in Quebec and Montreal while Thomas Coffin Doane lived and worked in Montreal in the 1840s and produced successful portraits of Louis-Joseph Papineau and Lord Elgin.
Professional Associations in Canada
There are several professional associations in Canada, among which Professional Photographers of Canada, the Canadian Association for Photographic Art, and Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada. The latter welcomes photographers with an active website and 2 or more years of professional experience. There are plenty of benefits for members, among which monetary prizes at contests, better chances for professional growth, continuing learning, improved exposure and recognition, and higher website traffic. Added benefits include more business contacts and improved profitability. The Canadian Association for Photographic Art also helps members reach a larger audience and increase their business contacts. Members are free to submit their albums for inclusion to increase their exposure. There are plenty of benefits for members, one being the opportunity to join different competitions and contests and the chance to have your images exhibited and published. Additional benefits include exclusive discounts on photographic events and cruises and competitive group rates on auto and home insurance. There are other benefits for members, for example, great discounts on advanced programs and software such as Photomatix, ProShow Producer, and ProShow Gold to create superb quality images and slide shows. To join the organization, you are free to fill the membership form, online or offline, and choose from different forms of membership – family, individual 2-year membership, student, individual, international member, United States member, etc. Professional Photographers of Canada is also a professional association with a good following which offers benefits such as increased exposure and professional knowledge and experience. Membership benefits include PPOC website listing, photographic arts designations, image competitions, accreditation, and a lot more. There are additional benefits that photographers enjoy, including preferred rates and generous discounts as well as access to regional conferences, trade shows, workshops, local seminars, webinars, and a lot more. As a member, you will also gain access to a wealth of information, including monthly e-newsletters, magazines, PPOC blog posts, and more. When it comes to preferred rates and discounts, members benefit from preferred vendor rates on debit and credit cards, car rental discounts, discounts on group health and dental plans as well as discounts on educational events and royalty free music. The best part is that members are offered the chance to increase their status and engage in networking to establish solid business contacts. Photographers of different genres are welcome to join.