For Immediate Release
NIAGARA FALLS, ON - October 2, 2018 - The Niagara Falls History Museum presents a new photographic exhibit, Road to Freedom and the Civil War, by artist Tod Ainslie. The exhibit opens on Thursday, October 4, 2018, and runs until Sunday, December 30, 2018.
Road to Freedom is an exhibit of modern Underground Railroad sites photographed using pre-Civil War technology. Artist Tod Ainslie is a practising documentary pinhole photographer of historical sites and architecture, using his own self-designed and self-built cameras.
“My goal in documenting the sites associated with the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery is to memorialize the heroic people who passed through them,” says Ainslie. “All of these people have now gone but the sites remain and through them their important stories and the events that happened can be told. As I worked with these primitive cameras and saw the images they produced, I felt a strong sense of time and place.”
Ainslie’s photographs straddle the fine line between purely documentary and fine art as they capture not only the literal sites themselves, but also fragments of their aura and a sense of the people whose energies occupied them. The necessary lengthy exposures of the pinhole camera enable changing light to infuse objects and places with the patina of time.
The exhibit begins with a photo of a slave pen at the start of the slave journey and progresses through slavery’s story, past plantations and slave quarters to the early years of escape and the locations associated with famous abolitionist, John Brown, and Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman.
Experience Road to Freedom and the Civil War at the Ontario Power Generation Temporary Gallery at the Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, from October 4 through December 30, 2018.
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For more information, contact:
Clark Bernat, Culture & Museum Manager
City of Niagara Falls