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Hannah Hatherly Maynard was a woman of extraordinary character
and independence. Born in Bude, England in 1834 she married
Richard Maynard in 1852 sailed with him to Canada West where they
lived in Bowmanville, in what is now the province of Ontario. They
subsequently emigrated to the Colony of Vancouver Island along with
their 4 children in 1862.
They brought cameras, photographic supplies, and studio equipment, and Hannah became one of British Columbia's first professional photographers.
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Hannah, having learned photography in Ontario, opened one of the city's first portrait studios, Mrs. R. Maynard's Photographic Gallery on Johnson Street.
Richard, a shoemaker by trade, opened an adjoining boot and shoe store.
The Maynards travelled throughout the Pacific Northwest, creating an extensive collection of negatives. Hannah Maynard's photographs, however, are interesting for more than historical reasons.
|Hannah Maynard's Photosculpture
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Her images of cascading children's faces crammed into one montage, or the appearance of truncated bodies represents this idea.
Hannah Maynard on a bicycle
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When the Maynards arrived in Victoria it was a decidely undeveloped town, in many cases there were simply tents and shacks as dwellings. In the next fifty years Victoria changed from a makeshift town into a city of stylish residences and impressive commercial blocks.
In 1862 a woman in business was considered very unconventional. A newspaper article written many years later claimed that Hannah's bold entry into the business world so astonished prim Victorians that many people chose not to patronize her studio.
While both Hannah and her husband Richard practised landscape photography, Hannah's most adventurous work had to do with with techniques such as photosculpture, multiple exposures, composite images, and cut-and-paste montage.
Example of Multiple Exposure
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Hannah placed herself in complicated settings, taking certain technical risks and solving them. She used exposed plates, and matting, to create many of her settings.
Focusing on commercial portrait photography, she suggested upon her retirement in 1912 that she had photographed almost everyone who had passed through Victoria. Hannah's work in both landscape and portrait photography has made an important contribution to the documentation of British Columbia history.
A self-portrait, with Hannah
bent over a punt in Beacon Hill Park
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She died in 1918 in Victoria, British Columbia and was
buried in the Ross Bay Cemetery.