Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush

Exhibition Overview


Portrait of an Unidentified Pair of Prospectors
Unidentified Photographer, Portrait of an Unidentified Pair of Prospectors, c. 1860

Through captivating and largely unedited images ranging from scenes of California’s rivers to the snow-capped peaks of Yukon, this exhibition follows the hopes, dreams and illusions of an entire generation of prospectors who took to the road in search of gold. It also tells the story of two major developments in the history of photography: single images on metal and multiple images on glass and paper.

(Photo: Unidentified Photographer, Portrait of an Unidentified Pair of Prospectors, c. 1860. Canadian Photography Institute. NGC, Ottawa)

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