Sharon, Temple of the Children of Peace (Rural Ontario, Plate 10) by Ralph Greenhill
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- About the Artist
Gelatin silver print mounted to period board
Initialed, in pencil, au mount recto
Titled and annotated “Gift of Ralph Greenhill”, in pencil, au mount verso
Printed circa 1975
Ralph Greenhill (1924-1996) was an artist, collector, and writer on photography who was known for several photo books including Rural Ontario, from 1969; Ontario Towns, from 1974; Engineer's Witness, from 1985; as well as the overview publication Canadian Photography: 1839-1920, released in 1979 and co-authored with Andrew Birrell.
This photograph is included in the 1974 publication, Ontario Towns, a large-format book featuring 99 full-page black-and-white plates of buildings and vistas, each accompanied by a capsule description, and an introductory text that discusses the nature and development of buildings in the province. Greenhill's pictures are carefully and consistently composed portraits of buildings, generally taken from an angle yet strongly emphasizing the façade. The building customarily occupies the middle ground, leaving a provocatively inviting space between the observer and the structure.