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Geoffrey James

BORN: St. Asaph, Clwyd, Wales, January 9, 1942

1964: Wadham College, Oxford, England, M.A. in Modern History
1962: Wadham College, Oxford, England, B.A. in Modern History
1955-60: Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

Geoffrey James: An Extended View, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Place, Oregon Centre for the Photographic Arts, Portland, Oregon

Utopia/Dystopia: The Photographs of Geoffrey James, Kelowna Art Gallery, Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

Field Notes, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, ON
Utopia/Dystopia, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Landscape and Memory, Part 1, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Geoffrey James: Zones of Contact, The Americas Society, New York, NY

The Edge of Town, Eric Arthur Gallery, University of Toronto, ON
Geoffrey James: Photography, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Geoffrey James: Past / Present / Future, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario
The Edge of Town, Eric Arthur Gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Toronto, Ontario

Paris, 2000, Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal
Paris Photographies de Geoffrey James, Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France
Paris: Photographs by Geoffrey James, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary
Substitute City, The Power Plant, Toronto

Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal
Paris, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France

Trees, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver

Espirit du Lieu, Fondation Pour L'Architecture, Brusselles Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal

Running Fence, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Oct.-Nov., 1997
Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, May 2 -Jun. 7, 1998
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask., July 17 - Aug. 30, 1998
Illingworth Kerr Gallery & Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary Nov. 26 to Dec. 19, 1998
Centre international d'art contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec., Sept., 1999
Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario, Oct. 16 - Dec. 5, 1999

Geoffrey James, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Centre d'art contemporain, Bignan, France
French Pictures, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Galerie Charles & Martin Gauthier, Quebec

Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Geoffrey James - Olmsted: An Archaeology, Linda Genereux Gallery, Toronto
Geoffrey James: Thinking Through History: Recent Photographs, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary

Geoffrey James: Asbestos, Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal

Galerie Charles & Martin Gauthier, Quebec
Geoffrey James: Asbestos, The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario

Geoffrey James - Forgotten Zones, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
Olmsted: une archeologie, 1990-1992, Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal
Genius Loci: Photographs by Geoffrey James, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.

Twining Gallery, New York

Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal, Quebec
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Geoffrey James: Photographies 1979-1990, Verticale, Art Contemporain, Quebec

Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Italian Journeys, Twining Gallery, N.Y., two person show with Adolf Benca

Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal

Landscape with Ruins, Royal Institute of British Architecture, Heinz Gallery, London Coburg Gallery, Vancouver (with Glen Lewis)
Genius Loci, organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, travelling to: Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton Graham Foundation, Chicago Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto Petro Canada Exhibition Gallery, Calgary (travelled to 22 institutions in Canada and to the University of Palermo in Italy)

I Giardini Italiani, Palazzo Braschi, Rome
I Giardini Italiani, Centre Internationale de Recherche, de Creation et d'Animation, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
Italian Gardens, University of Kent, Canterbury
Genius Loci, Graham Foundation, Chicago, Il., (retrospective)

Entrances and Exits: The Garden as Theatre, Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queen's University, Kingston 

Yarlow-Salzman Gallery, Toronto Coburg Gallery, Vancouver Panoramic Photographs, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax

Yajima/Galerie, Montreal

Photograph Gallery, New York

Yajima/Galerie, Montreal

Yajima/Galerie, Montreal

Sir George Williams University, Montreal

Residue: The Persistence of the Real, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Auto-Motive: World From the Windshield, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON
From Nature, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC

Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Photography in Mexico, Selected Works from the Collections of SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
An Embarrassment of Riches, the Collection in Focus, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

Songs of the Future, Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Imperfect Health, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, group exhibition travelling to the Miller Gallery, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Work Notes: Betty Goodwin, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West, MoMA, NY

Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal, QC
Utopia/Dystopia: The Photographs of Geoffrey James, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Transformation AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Is There a There There? Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON
The Wide Open, Missoula Art Museum, Montana

Le musee cote jardin, Musee d’art et d’histoire, Saint-Brieuc, France

Landscape: Recent Acquisitions, MOMA, New York, NY

Contemporary Photography and the Garden: Deceits and Fantasies, Organized by the American Federation of Art, travelling to Middlebury College Art Museum, Middlebury, Vermont; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; Museum of Art, South Carolina; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington; Cheekville Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee; Hudson River Museum, New York; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

Temporal Surfaces, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Confluence: Contemporary Canadian Photography, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa
Spread in Prato 2, Dryphoto arte contemporanea, Prato, Italy
What Dreams are made of, Goethe Institute, Toronto

Bringing to Order: Form and Expression in Canadian Photographic Practice, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Canadian Photography, Ottawa

Landscapes in Democracy: Frederick Law Olmsted, Musee de L'Elysee, Lansanne
Work, Workers, Works: Rearranging the Land, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Nova Scotia

Prospect 96, Photography in Contemporary Art, Frankfurter Kunstverein. Catalogue essay by Peter Weimaier
Viewing Olmsted: Photographs by Robert Burley, Lee Friedlander, and Geoffrey James, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Quebec (travelling to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, The Field Museum, Chicago, The Equitable Gallery, New York, and the Wellesley College Art Museum, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Rodney Graham: Stanley Park Cedars; Geoffrey James: Olmsted: An Archaeology; Richard Long: Idaho Quartz Circle, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.
Instants Photographiques, Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris
Carnets de voyage (1), Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal
The Edge of Town, Joselit Gallery, University of Hartford, Connecticut
Crossing the Frontier: Photographing the American West - 1840 to the Present, San Francisco MOMA (travelling to Yale Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven; Museum of Photography, Tokyo)

Travel Journals, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography: Sima Khorrami, Benoit Aquin, Richard Baillargeon, Ian Pateson, Raphael Goldchain, Geoffrey James, Larry Towell, Robert Bourdeau, Serge Clement. Ottawa, Ontario.
Instants Photographique, with Stan Douglas, Angela Grauerholtz et al. Travelling show. Catalogue.
Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal
Silent Witness, United Nations, New York and United Nations, Geneva. Travelling show with Helen Levitt, Robert Adams, Irving Penn et al. Catalogue published by Harper Collins
The Edge of Town, Joselit Gallery, University of Hartford, with Robert Smithson, Hamish Fulton, Christo et al. Catalogue with artists projects and essay by Stephen Bann
World Tea Party, Transculture, Palazzi Justinian, Biennale di Venezia

Neapolis Metropolis, Palazzo Reale, Naples

Observing Traditions- Contemporary Photography, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Arcadia/Paradise/Utopia, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
Reflecting Paradise, Canadian Participation Expo ?93, Taejon, Korea

Reinvented Sites, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary
Documenta, Ninth Exhibtion of this juried five-yearly show, Kassel, Germany
Il Secondo Paradiso: Natura e Giardino Nelle Imagine Dei Grand Fotografi, Mole Antonelliana, Turin, Italy
Stux Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Une seconde pensee du paysage, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Centre doart contemporain, Bignan, France
La collection: tableau inaugural, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
Photography without Apology, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver
Turner-Krull Gallery, Los Angeles

20th Century Photography, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Un archipel de desirs, Musee du Quebec, Quebec
Corriger les lieux, Dazibao, Montreal
Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal (with Raymonde April)

Works for the Garden, Blum Helman Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.
The Shaping of Nature, Oakville Galleries, Oakville

A Garden Walk, Twining Gallery, N.Y.
Contemporary Canadian Photography, Budapest, Hungary 
Dazibao, Montreal 

Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles

Classical Concerns, Twining Gallery, N.Y. "Elementa Naturae", Musee d'Art Contemporain, Monteal, Quebec
Diverse Secrecies, Presentation House, North Vancouver, B.C.
Toronto, Le Nouveau, Nouveau Monde, (travelling exhibition), Maison de l'Architecture, Paris; Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan (1988); Casa de Architectura, Barcelona

Contemporary Canadian Photography, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Panoramic Photographs, Equivalents Gallery, Seattle,Wa.

Group Exhibition: Photographers, Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C.1977:
13 Canadian Photographers, Madison Art Center, Wisconsin

2002: "View Finder: The Photography of Geoffrey James", Interview by Robert Enright, Border Crossings, Volume 21, Number 1, Issue No. 81, p. 44-57.
"Depth of field", by Sandra Martin, The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, may 22, 2002, R1 and R5
2001: "Paris Photographies de Geoffrey James", Texte de Hubert Damisch
2000: "Canadian Art from Its Beginnings to 2000", by Anne Newlands, p. 160, Published by Firefly Books, Inc., Willowdale, ON
1998: "Bordering on the desperate: photos show U.S. and Mexican corruption", by Michael Scott, The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, May 9, F3
1997: "On Viewing Olmsted", by Ernest Pascussi, Artforum, February "Carving Green out of Urban Gray", by Richard B. Woodward, N.Y. Times, Sunday, January 5, 1997.
"Exploring a human's place in the context of technology", by Dorota Kozinska, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday, January 11
"Dazzled in an Olmsted Park", by Mark Power, Times Literary Supplement, July 11
"Sunday in the Park with Fred: Visualizing Olmsted's Legacy",by Herbert Muschamp, The New York Times, February 28
"The World Tea Party", text by Jennifer Fisher et al, Presentation House, Vancouver (Catalogue)
"Work, Workers, Works: Rearranging the Land", text by Robert Bean and Susan Gibson Garrty, Dalhousie University Art Gallery (Catalogue)
1996: "Bien sages voyages", by Jennifer Couelle, Le Devoir, Montreal "Olmsted", by Max Kozloff, Canadian Art, Winter, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 50-58
"Olmsted", by Gary Michael Dault, Canadian Art, Winter, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 50-58
"Prospect 96 - Photography in Contemporary Art", text by Peter Weiemair, Frankfurther Kunstverein, Frankfurt (Catalogue)
"Crossing the Frontier: Photographing the American West - 1840 to the Present", text by Sandra Phillips et al, San Francisco MOMA (Catalogue)
"The Edge of Town" (artist project) text by Stephen Bann, Joselit Gallery, University of Hartford (Catalogue)
"Viewing Olmsted: Photographs by Bob Burley, Lee Friedlander and Geoffrey James", text by Phyllis Lambert, Paolo Constantini, John Szarkowski and David Harris, Canadian Centre of Architecture, Montreal (Catalogue)
1996: "Haunting Images Capture Spirit of Chateau Abandoned Long Ago", by Michael Scott, The Weekend Sun, Saturday, May 25, 1996, C9
"Photos et sculptures en Bretagne", by Jennifer Couelle, Le Devoir, Montreal, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, p. D8
1995: "Silent Witnesses", text by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, United Nations and Harper Collins (Book)
"Geoffrey James: brilliant urban images", by John Bentley Mays, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Monday, April 19
"Montreal au XXe siecle: regards de photographes", Les Editions de l'Homme, under the direction of Michel Lessard
1994: "Montrealer turns his attentions from gardens to slag heaps", by by Ann Duncan, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday, January 29, p. 115
Peter MacCallum, C. Magazine, Issue 41, Spring, pp. 56-58
"Paysages choisies", by Stephane Aquin, Voir, Montreal, March 17 and 23, p. 26
"Voyages in inner space", By Nancy Baele, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday, July 30, 1994, p. H5
"Sur la route", by Marie-Michele Cron, Le Devoir, Montreal, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, p. C-9
"Geoffrey James - Charles Gagnon", by Mona Hakim, Le Devoir, Montreal, March 26, 1994, p. C-14
"Carnets de Voyage - Travel Journals", text by Pierre Dessureault, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, plates by Geoffrey James) (Catalogue)
"Asbestos", text by Richard Rhodes, The Power Plant, Toronto (29 plates) (Catalogue)
1993: "The Use of the Photographic Image", by Regis Durand, Artpress, Paris
"Portrait of a Landscape as Ambiguous", by John Bentley Mays, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Saturday, December 18, p. C4
Review of Arcadia/Paradise/Utopia, Border Crossings, by Petra Rigby Watson
"Vista to View, The Panoramic Image in Landscape Photography", text by Philip Van Keuren, The Gallery, Huges-Trigg Student Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (Catalogue)
1992: Review of exhibit at the Twining Gallery, by Gretchen Faust, Artsmagazine, New York
Review of exhibit at the Stux Gallery, by Charles Hagen, The New York Times
"The Artists in Documenta IX", by Wilma Suto, supplement to Archia, No. 6
"To Montreal, Photography by Geoffrey James", by Georges Bogardi, Canadian Art, Fall, 1992, Volume 9, Number 3, p.p. 52-59
"Nine Canadian Artists, Nine Remarkable Choices", by John Bentley Mays, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, June 16
Review of Documenta IX, by Donald Kuspit, C. Magazine "La collection: tableau inaugural", text by Sandra Grant Marchand, Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal, ill. pp.415-420 (Catalogue)
"Toronto Places", University of Toronto (44 photographs) (Book)
1991: Review of exhibit "Corriger les lieux", by Guy Bellavance, Autumn
Review of exhibit at the Equinox Gallery, Petra Rigby Watson, C. Magazine, Toronto, Winter
"La Campagna Romana", by Geoffrey James, Editions Galerie Rene Blouin
"The Italian Garden" , Photographs by Geoffrey James, Essay by Robert Harbison, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York (93 photographs) (Book)
"Photography", Goings on About Town, Review of the Abrams Book "The Italian Garden", by Ingrid Sischy, The New Yorker, July 15, 1991, p. 12
"Symbolic Reports on the Essence of Mount Royal", article by Stephen Godfrey, The Arts, The Globe and Mail, Thursday, July 11, 1991, p. A9
"Photography - Best Bets in the Visual Arts", Review of "The Italian Garden", Canadian Art, Summer 1991, Volume 8, Number 2
1990: "Les chemins panoramiques de Geoffrey James", by Sylvie Olivier, Vie des Arts, Autumn "Gardening Utopia: An Interview with Geoffrey James", Border Crossings, Volume 9, Number 1, January
"La Campagna Romana", Editions Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal, text by Geoffrey James (19 plates) (Book)
"James Photos Shed New Light on Old Sites" by Henry Lehmann, The Gazette, Montreal, Thursday, April 12th
1989: Anamnese, Dazibao, Montreal, text by Philippe Dubois (4 plates by Geoffrey James) (Catalogue)
1988:"Critics' Choices", by Gene Thornton, The New York Times, Sunday, January 10, 1988
"Eight Photographs for Frederick Law Olmsted" (portfolio Photographique), Rubicon, Vol. 10
"Geoffrey James: De l'Esprit des Lieux", by Monique Mosser, Beaux-Arts, Paris, No. 57, May, pp. 84-89
"Morbid Symptoms" an article by Monique Mosser, Lotus International
1987: "Diverse Secrecies", Presentation House, North Vancouver (Catalogue)
"Contemporary Photographers", text by Michael Mitchell, St. James Press, Londres (Book)
1987: "Exposing the Twilight of the Liberal Dream: James focuses on French Utopias", by John Bentley Mays, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, May 16, p. C6
"Deux expositions a la galerie Rene Blouin", Le Devoir, Montreal, April 28, p. 16
"Nouveau Monde", text by George Baird and Ruth Cawker, Maison de l'architecture, Paris (6 plates by Geoffrey James) (Catalogue)
"Elementa Naturae", Musee d'art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Toronto le Nouveau (Catalogue)
1987: "Genius Loci", by Gail Fisher-Taylor, Photo Communique, Summer, p. 38
"Morbid Symptoms & Genius Loci", by Peggy Dale, Canadian Art Magazine, Summer Issue
1986: "Landscape with Ruins", text by John Harris and Geoffrey James, Royal Institute of British Architects, London (Catalogue)
Exhibition review of "Ariba", by Colin Eisler, Financial Times, London, November 17 "Jardins/Gardens", Parachute Magazine, Montreal, Sept.-Nov.
"Genius Loci", by Geoffrey James with an introduction by Martha Langford, Ottawa (Book)
"Stops on a Fantastic Itinerary", by Monique Mosser, Lotus International, Vol. 52, pp. 73-86
"Morbid Symptoms", Princeton Architecture Press, Princeton, New Jersey, photographs by Geoffrey James and text by Monique Mosser (Book)
1985: "Paradise Lost" by Douglas Chambers, Canadian Art, Summer "Geoffrey James" by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Artforum (New York), November, pp. 114-115, review of exhibit at the Palazzo Braschi, Rome
1985: "I Giardini Italiani: Un Pellegrinaggio", Palazzo Braschi, Museo di Roma, introduction by Ippolito Pizzetti (12 reproductions) (Catalogue)
1984: "Entrances & Exits: The Garden as Theatre", exhibition catalogue by Geoffrey James, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (Catalogue)
1983: "Geoffrey James" by Ian Wallace, Vanguard Magazine, September p. 50, review of exhibit at the Coburg Gallery, Vancouver

1991: "13 Essays on Photography", Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa (introduction by Geoffrey James)
1984: "The Republic of Images", in "Responding to Photography", Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1976: "Atget and His Legacy", Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton (with text by the artist)
1975: "Transparent Things: The Artists Use of the Photograph", Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, with text by the artist
"An Inquiry into the Aesthetics of Photography", Artscanada, December (editor and contributor)

2012: Governor-General’s Awards in the Visual and Media Arts, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
2002: Gershon Iskowitz Prize Roloff Beny Photography Book Award - "Paris"
1994: Short term grant, Ministere de la Culture du Quebec
1992: Prix Victor Lynch Staunton, Canada Council
1991: Ministere des Affaires Culturelles du Quebec "A" Grant
1989-90: Guggenheim Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, New York
1987: Canada Council "A" Grant
1988-89: Ministere des Affaires Culturelles du Quebec "A" Grant
1986: Artist in Residence at Centre Internationale de Recherche de Creation d'Animation, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France1984: Canada Council "B" Grant Fellowship, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, Chicago

Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Palazzo Braschi, Rome
John Labatt Ltd.
Steinberg Inc.
Air Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Graphothek der Stadtbucherei, Stuttgart, W. Germany
Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Fonds National de L'Art Contemporain, France
Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B.
La Collection Pret d'Oeuvres d'Art du Musee du Quebec, Quebec
Concordia University, Montreal
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
Cleveland Museum of Fine Art, Cleveland
National Archives of Canada, Ottawa
The Canadian Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
Numerous private and corporate collections