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DUMONT, Marie-Alice

Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska, Quebec, 1892
Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska, Québec, 1985
Biography synopsis
Thought to be the first woman to practice photography professionally in Eastern Quebec, Dumont opened a commercial studio in her home town of Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska in 1925. She learned photography from her brother, Abbé Napoléon Dumont, and later studied with a professional photographer from nearby Rivière-du-Loup, Ulric Lavoie. In her commercial practice Dumont took many portraits of people in and around Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska, but she was also interested in photographing the daily life and landscape of the Kamouraska region of Quebec. Dumont was forced to close her studio in 1960 due to illness, but before her death she donated approximately 10,000 negatives to the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent. The Musée has held several exhibits of Dumont's work since her death.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC

Writings about
"Fonds Marie-Alice Dumont." Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent 2008
Beaudry, Jean. La Photographie: L'objectif subjectif. Institut québécois de recherché sur la culture, 1998.
Bureau, Lucie. Le portrait photographique au Québec: Les cas de Sally Eliza Wood (1857-1928) et de Marie-Alice Dumont (1892-1985). Montreal: Université de Montréal, 2007.
Bureau, Lucie. Sous l'œil de la photographe: Portraits de femmes, 1898-2003 / In the Eye of Women Photographers: Portraits of Women, 1898-2003. Val-d'Or: Centre d'exposition de Val-d'Or, 2004.
Georges, Karoline. "Dispositifs du regard." Vie des arts 50.201 (2005-2006): 71-72.
Jean, Régis and Isabelle Roy. Mademoiselle Marie-Alice Dumont, photographe Rivière-du-Loup: Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, 1991.
Mousseau, Sylvie. "Des clichés qui mettent en lumière un héritage photographique." L'Acadie Nouvelle 27 Oct. 2006: 33.

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