Michel Campeau: Back in the Analogue Days

Montreal-based photographer Michel Campeau is known as an analogue romanticist. His series "Icons of Obsolescence" show the remaining darkrooms found across the world, from Northern America, Asia, to Africa. He also likes to photograph the mediums themselves such as old cameras and photographic paraphernalia —it's no wonder he's also a collector of discarded photographs.

Anonyme, Carte postale en quadrichromie [détail], vers 1960. Collection de Michel Campeau Anonymous, Four Color Postcard [détail], about 1960. Collection of Michel Campeau; Rudolph Edse, Une autobiographie involontaire, vers 1958. Collection de Michel Campeau Rudolph Edse, An involuntary autobiography, about 1958. Collection of Michel Campeau; Rudolph Edse, Une autobiographie involontaire, vers 1953. Collection de Michel Campeau Rudolph Edse, An involuntary autobiography, about 1953. Collection of Michel Campeau; Anonyme, Club Photo, vers 1955. Collection de Michel Campeau Anonymous, Photo Club, about 1955. Collection of Michel Campeau

Found photography is becoming a huge hobby among photo-enthusiasts. If an an image, photograph, negative or slide has been “found” in a vintage shop, a garage sale, in the garbage, or an antique store, it’s deemed to be ‘‘found’’. Collectors attempt to decipher their found treasures and trace it back to its original origins.

For Campeau, his collection of photographs created by anonymous and amateur photographers from the 1950's serve as a reminder to him of the good old analogue days when photographs didn’t get produced unless developed and printed.

Anonyme, « Instants désirés », vers 1955. Collection de Michel Campeau Anonymous, Desired Moments, about 1955. Collection of Michel Campeau; Rudolph Edse, Autoportrait, vers 1955. Collection de Michel Campeau Rudolph Edse, Autoportrait, about 1955. Collection of Michel Campeau; Rudolph Edse, Autoportrait, vers 1955. Collection de MicAnonyme, Easter Greetings, vers 1955. Collection de Michel Campeau Anonymous, Easter Greetings, about 1955. Collection of Michel Campeauhel Campeau Rudolph Edse, Autoportrait, about 1955. Collection of Michel Campeau; Anonyme, « Instants désirés », vers 1955. Collection de Michel Campeau Anonymous, Desired Moments, about 1955. Collection of Michel Campeau; Anonyme, PAS-Foto, Copenhague, DNK, vers 1956. Collection de Michel Campeau Anonymous, PAS-Foto, Copenhague, DNK, about 1956. Collection of Michel Campeau

Campeau’s fascination with vernacular photos ultimately paved the way for his career as he continued to tear away from the conventions of documentary photography, instead focussing on the multidimensional, socio-biographical work on images. Visit the on-going display Michel Campeau: Life Before Digital at the McCord Museum in Quebec for his retrospective.


Images are from the press kit.

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