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CHALK Cynthia

Ottawa, Ontario, 1913
Cowansville, Quebec, 2018
Biography synopsis
Cynthia Chalk is best known for her prize-winning nature photography. As an active member of the Montreal Camera Club (MCC), Chalk participated in numerous national and international photography salons. She gave presentations, offered many workshops and sat on several selection committees. Furthermore, she served as the club's Nature Division Chairman from 1964-67 and was co-editor of the MCC's newsletter "Cameragram." For her achievements and dedication to the club, Chalk was awarded both the titles of Fellow and Life Member of the MCC. In addition to her engagement with the MCC, Chalk held executive positions with the National Association for Photographic Arts (NAPA) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA). Her work was featured in publications such as "Outdoors Canada," in the National Film Board's "Photography 75"- an exhibit dedicated to female photographers - and in the National Collection of Nature Photographs. Chalk's concern for nature also extended to the practical realm, and she was involved with the investigations concerning the algae crisis resulting from the pollution of Missisquoi Bay in the 1990s.
Media used
Photographic Society of America
Montreal Camera Club, (Life Member and Fellow)
Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA)
National Association for Photographic Art (NAPA)
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Caron, Blossom. History of the Montreal Camera Club, 1893-1981 Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Camera Club, 1981
Deans, Barbara. A History of the Montreal Camera Club vol. II (1982-1998) Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Camera Club, 1998
Deans, Barbara. "Cynthia Chalk: Nature Photographer." Cameragram (Montreal) Winter/Spring 2014: 18
Deans, Barbara and Yseult Mounsey. Women's World Exhibition of Photography. Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Camera Club, 1967
Hill, Harriet. "Facts and Fancies." Gazette (Montreal) 11 Jan. 1968: 14
Monk, Lorraine. Photography 1975 / Photographie 1975. Ottawa: Still Photography Division, National Film Board of Canada, 1975
Monk, Lorraine. The Female Eye / Coup d'oeil féminin. Ottawa, Ontario: National Film Board of Canada, Still Photography Division, 1975
Simon, Steve. "Whichever Way You Copy Make Sure Light is Flat, Even." Gazette (Montreal) 1 Dec. 1984: i-4
Taylor, Chris. "Seeing Red over Green: Missisquoi Bay Becomes Chocked by 'Pea-Soup' Growth of Algae." Gazette (Montreal) 21 Aug. 1997: A5

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