Dianne Bos has recently been collected by the National Gallery of Canada! Dianne Bos has exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1981 and her pinhole photographs have been included in important international exhibitions in Italy, Spain, France, Syria and Japan as well as solo exhibitions across Canada. Dianne Bos is a Calgary based photographer and is world renowned for her work in pinhole photography.
Dianne Bos has recently been collected by the National Gallery of Canada! Bos has exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1981 and her pinhole photographs have been included in important international exhibitions in Italy, Spain, France, Syria and Japan as well as solo exhibitions across Canada. These include ‘Light Echo’, an innovative installation at the McMaster Museum of Art linking celestial and earthly history in collaboration with astronomer Doug Welch; It’s You!: Unexpected Photographs from Papua New Guinea, at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Art Gallery, PEI.; and Reading Room at the Cambridge Galleries, which explored the book as a camera. In 2011, Bos was also awarded the public art design commission by the City of Calgary for its lamp-post banners.
Of her work, Dianne Bos states: “My work challenges the view of photography as a way to “capture an instant in time.” By using pinhole cameras and long exposure times I record, not an instant, but rather the passage of time at a site. Viewers have said that my work evokes the memory-image that remains for them long after they have viewed a familiar location. I think this recognizes the importance I have always assigned to time, memory, and capturing the essence of the place, in my images of architectural icons and classic travelers destinations.”
In her the series, “The Sleeping Green”, Bos examines the historic battlegrounds of World War I. The pinhole photography techniques she uses produce still images of a passage of time. She explores how time has changed the landscape of these historic battlegrounds 100 years later. In ways other than the presence of memorials, does a memory of that past persist at these sites? Tens of thousands of people who were killed in that war are part of the landscape. Is there a memory in the soil, water, plants, and trees of their presence? Does an echo of war still resonate in the sky above?
In her panoramic series, she takes photographs with a 1926 Banquet Panoramic Camera which produces a 7” x 17″ negative. This type of camera was often used in the past to take large group shots such as company photos or school groups. After the photograph is made, the large paper negatives are scanned. From there, Bos paints them digitally with fields of colour to create new Alberta landscapes that blend old views of the west with a contemporary medium.
Bos received her B.F.A. from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and currently divides her time between the foothills of the Rockies and the Pyrenees, France.
Dianne Bos is also one of the featured artists in Eric Renner’s seminal text book: “Pinhole Photography: Rediscovering An Historic Technique.”