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Sherman Hines.

Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, c1983.
unpaged, cloth, $29.95.
ISBN 0-7710-4156-X.

All Ages.
Reviewed by Kenneth A. Elliott

Volume 12 Number 2
1984 March

Sherman Hines has done it again! Québec stands ninth in a series of a book-by-book portrait of Canada. Hines began this enormous project in 1975 with the first volume of photographs of his beloved Nova Scotia.

Holder of innumerable awards, degrees, and merits of recognition, within and beyond the Canadian border as a photographer, Hines astounds his audience in this volume with more than 140 coloured plates of a wide selection of scenic views of Quebec. The rustic beauty of this province is captured in all the splendor of the four seasons. Even the urban Montreal, when viewed at dusk, becomes part of the natural landscape of the St. Lawrence River valley.

One does not simply look at the photograph of a field of ox-eye daisies, one experiences it. Hines puts the viewer in the field; one can almost feel the wind as it gently caresses the flowers. This is true of every other photograph in his book. Women His ability to capture on film the sunlight and shadow as they play at autumn upon a mirror-still pond in the Laurentides, is a feat few photographers have mastered so artistically.

The large size of the volume will probably confine it to libraries, private or public. There is an absence of page numeration, table of contents and index. One would have been happy to find a listing of specific photographic data, e.g., the exact location where the photograph was taken, the type of film being used, the f stop, ASA, shutter speed, etc. Such vital information would have expanded the usefulness and pedagogical value of the work. Nevertheless, as an esthetic and historical contribution to the Canadian mosaic, this volume is a sparkling gem.

Kenneth A. Elliott, Laval Catholic H. S., Chomedey, QB.
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