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Kluane National Park and Reserve exhibition “Encounters with the Sublime” featured at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff during Exposure 2018!

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 2018234 Views

Photographic exhibition by Bradford Washburn and Sebastião Salgado running February 3 to April 8

January 31, 2018 Banff, Alberta Parks Canada Agency

In every corner of the country, Canada’s national parks represent the very best that Canada has to offer and are gateways to nature, adventure, and discovery. Kluane National Park and Reserve in the Yukon is no exception.

“Encounters with the Sublime” is an exhibition of stunning black and white photographs of Kluane National Park and Reserve’s high mountain country. The exhibit will be featured at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff as part of Exposure 2018, Alberta’s Photography Festival. The exhibition is the result of the collaboration between Parks Canada, the Yukon Arts Centre, and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and runs from February 3rd to April 8th, 2018.

This inspiring exhibition compares and contrasts works by two internationally known photographers of different eras: Sebastião Salgado, a renowned contemporary photojournalist from Brazil, and the late Bradford Washburn, a pioneering American mountaineer and geographer.

All are welcome to the opening of the exhibition at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff on Saturday, February 3rd, at 7 p.m.

“The impressive natural landscape of Kluane is part of the traditional territory of the Southern Tutchone people. Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Kluane First Nation, and Parks Canada are jointly responsible for the management of the Kluane’s natural and cultural resources. Kluane National Park and Reserve is a truly unique place in our broad network of protected natural and cultural areas, and we are proud to present it to even more Canadians through this exhibit of stunning photography.”

The Honourable Larry Bagnell,
Member of Parliament for Yukon

“These dramatic vistas of Kluane National Park captured decades apart speak to the endurance of the rugged terrain but also tracks glacial retreat and changes in our remote corner of Canada.”

Mary Bradshaw,
Gallery Director/Curator, Yukon Arts Centre

“These spectacular images by Sebastião Salgado and Bradford Washburn are valued reminders of our cherished natural environments and our ever present obligation to protect the ecosystems and cultural resources within our National parks system.”

Anne Ewen,
Curator of Art and Heritage, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Quick Facts

  • Kluane National Park and Reserve – high in the mountains of southwest Yukon – is a land of extremes. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak (5,959-metre Mount Logan), its largest ice field, and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population.
  • Bradford Washburn was a mountaineer, museum director, and self-taught photographer, who first visited the Kluane area in the 1930s and made the first ascent of Mt. Lucania, then North America’s highest unclimbed summit. He pioneered large-format aerial photography, initially to document his climbs and assist in planning future climbs. Washburn passed away in 2007.
  • Sebastião Salgado is one of today’s most renowned photojournalists. He recently completed an eight-year project entitled Genesis, sponsored by UNESCO, “designed to reconnect us to how the world was before humanity altered it almost beyond recognition”. Kluane National Park and Reserve was one of his destinations, and his prints were generously donated to Parks Canada.
  • Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 in 2017 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places. In 2018 and beyond, the Government of Canada is celebrating families with free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under.

Associated Links


Stella Patera
Public Outreach Education Officer
Yukon Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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