Fonds 12 - Ronnie Tessler fonds

[Ron Telek and Wayne Young - Mid-carving] [Mid-carving] [Ron Telek carves in an outdoor shed] [Ron Telek carves in an outdoor shed] [Unidentified person carving in outdoor shed] [Mid-carving] [Unidentified person carves on tree stump] [Carving] [Norman Tait assists unidentified person with mask] [Norman assists unidentified person with mask] [Unidentified person wearing mask] [Profile of unidentified person wearing mask] [Unidentified person wearing mask] [Unidentified person wearing mask] [Mid-carving] [Mid-carving] [Carving tool on blanket] [Carving tool on blanket] [Carving tool on blanket] [Model canoe]
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Ronnie Tessler fonds

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12

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  • 1986 - 1987 (Creation)
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    Ronnie Tessler

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1,463 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm
160 photographs : b&w prints ; 26 x 21 cm and 13 x 18 cm

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(1944-)

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Ronnie Evelyn Tessler was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1944 and has resided in Vancouver, B.C. since 1968. She attended the University of Manitoba, the Manitoba Institute of Technology, the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, the University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University, where she received a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2006. Tessler became a documentary photographer in 1973, working on various photographic projects and exhibiting her work in Canada and the United States until 1990. Her artwork resides in a number of public collections, including the National Archives of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. In 1990, Tessler became the first executive director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and was instrumental in its development into a fully-staffed facility with a museum, archives, and education and resource centre. Since 1996, she has worked as an independent project consultant and editor for cultural arts groups in B.C.

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The fonds consists of photographs created by Ronnie Tessler between 1986 and 1987 documenting a canoe project by Nisga’a carver Norman Tait. The project was abandoned in the summer of 1987, and the canoe was left uncompleted. The photographs depict models for the canoe, transportation of the log for the canoe to the Museum of Anthropology, ceremonies performed throughout the project, and various stages of work on the canoe and model. Additional photographs from this period depict a totem pole-raising ceremony at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver, as well as portraits of Les Baker, a model Tait wanted to use for a “white man” mask. The fonds is arranged into a single series: Norman Tait canoe project and related materials.

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Items were donated by Ronnie Tessler in 2008.

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Negatives and contact sheets have been kept in their original order. Proof prints have been interfiled with their corresponding negatives and contact sheets.

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The annotations on the verso of the 13 x 18 cm prints were added by the creator. The numbering system was devised by the creator and indicates the frame and negative from which the print was made.

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Appendix 1: Project Description prepared by Ronnie Tessler for the Tait Canoe Project (1986), Vancouver, BC, 27 August 2008

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Copyright transferred to MOA by Tessler.

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2008-13

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  • Box: Ronnie Tessler fonds 1