Collection MS-2-805 - Stephen Archibald's student protest photographs

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Stephen Archibald's student protest photographs

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  • 1967 - 1971 (Creation)
    Archibald, Stephen

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34 photographs : b&w

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Stephen Archibald was a Dalhousie University student in the 1960s, graduating with a BA in 1968 and working towards an MA for two further years. In 1966 he joined a student group that took photographs for the Dalhousie Gazette and Pharos, the Dalhousie University yearbook, working out of a run-down studio and darkroom in the old Student Union building. In 1970-1971 he was enrolled in design courses at NSCAD, then housed on Coburg Road, and he made regular visits to the Photo Department, which had moved to a well-equipped space in the new Student Union Building. The SUB also had a gallery space, which he booked for a show in the Spring of 1971, having decided to mount an exhibition of photographs of protest marches and demonstrations taken by the Photo Department over the past years.

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The photographs remained in the custody of Stephen Archibald until he donated them to the Archives in March 2018.

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Collection comprises 34 mounted photographs of political demonstrations and protest marches organized by Dalhousie students between 1967 and 1970. The photographs were taken by students for the Dalhousie Gazette and/or Pharos yearbook and were compiled and printed by Stephen Archibald for a show in the Student Union Building in Spring 1971. The scope and content notes for the images are drawn from the background information provided by Stephen Archibald, who writes: "The pictures were taken by young men in their late teens and early 20s who had no formal training, but who were drawn to photography because it provided a visual, aesthetic outlet that was missing from their academic university life. We also had no particular political beliefs or insight. The editors at the Gazette were left-leaning during this period so it is not surprising that we were assigned to photograph demonstrations that were organized, in large part or totally, by Dal radicals."

The photographs were printed and mounted by Stephen Archibald on F5 high-contrast paper to exaggerate their graphic nature, and printed full frame, which gives them a black border. As he explains in his notes, this was part of the contemporary aesthetic, ensuring that the viewer was aware that the images were composed in the frame, with nothing edited or cropped out. Most of the photographs are mounted, and the dimensions provided in the physical descriptions do not include the mount board.

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