Horace G. Cox, "Homeward Bound," circa 1930s.
By Beverly Cramp
Athens on the Fraser - the Photos of H. G. Cox features photographs in the Pictorialist tradition taken in the Vancouver area and shown around the world in the 1920s and '30s. Prominent in his day, Horace Cox had three solo shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1932 to '38 and was included in photo exhibitions around the world. His work was comprised mostly of landscape images and riverside scenes but also included nudes and portraits. Cox wrote a book about ancient Greek culture in which he discussed how that culture's ideals and mathematics influenced his photographic practice. The original manuscript of his book forms an integral part of this exhibition. Most people assumed Cox's photos were lost until they were recovered from the basement of one of his heirs by his great grand-daughter in 2001. As a result, Athens on the Fraser will be the first exhibition of his work in more than 50 years. It runs June 7 to August 3, 2003, at Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver.