About The Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation

The Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation is a registered Canadian non-profit organization.

The principal goal of the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation is to collect, preserve, digitize and make the archive available to students, researchers and the community. Through promotion and preservation of photography the archive connects people with Canadian history.

In 2001, Canadian photographer George Hunter founded the CHPF with the vision to preserve the work of important Canadian photographs. After his death in 2013 Hunter bequeathed over 100,000+ prints, negatives, slides and ephemera to the foundation establishing the largest collection of George Hunter’s work in the world.

The Hunter collection is an invaluable resource of rich Canadian historical photographs, including his ground breaking aerial photography from the 1950s, and his iconic images of Canadian industry, the first nations communities and Canadian life and times.

Currently the CHPF is working on digitizing the Hunter collection through grants and private donations. Our archives are available to the public by appointment for research.


History of The Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation


George Hunter – Founding Father of CHPF

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1921, George Hunter was a Canadian documentary photographer who dedicated his life to capturing Canada’s industrial life, agricultural and rural landscape, cultural diversity, and rich heritage through breathtaking images.

During his lifetime, George had travelled across Canada more than 100 times, during which he photographed the vast geographical expanses of Canada, its bucolic frontiers, its industrial boom, the cultural diversity of its people, and the warmth of its families. George is well known for his photographs in Time Magazine, on Canadian dollar bills and stamps.

George created the CHPF to preserve Canadian photography. He embraced the digital era, his main objectives for the foundation was to digitize collections and make them available online for generations to come.

Before his death in April 2013, George, with the help of Gary Landa helped create a new direction for CHPF. Today George is the first benefactor of CHPF. Excluding images taken during George’s tenure at the National Film Board, and some that George sold to other parties, CHPF owns his entire personal photographic legacy.

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Gary Landa – Chairman of the Board

Gary Landa CPA, CA, met CHPF’s founding father, George Hunter in 2008 to assist him as his accountant. George bequeathed his own photographic legacy to CHPF, and passed its reins into Gary’s trusted care and knowledge on December 30, 2014. Gary has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors at CHPF since the passing away of George on April 10, 2013.

Currently, as the creative visionary for CHPF, Gary spearheads the Foundation’s efforts to capture and preserve the rich history of Canada through photography. Furthermore, he has increased the parametres of the foundation by making it a digital historical society for current and past photographers (Canadian and non-Canadian), and those who are interested in contributing to the study, growth, and preservation of Canadian culture through photographs.

With over 33 years of experience as a chartered professional accountant, Gary is the owner of a CA/CPA firm that specializes in providing his client’s expertise in tax minimization, estate and succession planning, income tax appeals, assurance and advisory services to owner-managed companies, subsidiaries of foreign multinationals, and non-profit organizations. His clients range from start-up firms to Canadian representation for US multinational firms with revenue over $1.5 billion. Gary has also been a member of the Toronto West Tax Practitioners Committee since 2001. His website is www.charteredcorporateaccountant.com

Apart from being a successful accountant and Chairman of CHPF,Gary has a passion for travelling the world, and for gothic architecture. Having travelled to 52 countries, Gary’s skill as an amateur photographer has helped him record all his journeys and experiences around the world.

It is through Gary’s tireless efforts for CHPF that George Hunter’s photographic legacy is only now receiving the national recognition that it truly deserves – an opportunity that CHPF extends to all photographers (professional and amateur) invested in the preservation of Canadian heritage.