Mel Hurtig - 24 June 1932 – 3 August 2016Wednesday, August 03, 2016
I photographed Mel Hurtig in January of 1993 for the Georgia Straight. Charles Campbell, the then editor of the weekly chose the top left photograph because he thought it was zany (a word often then in Campbell’s vocabulary). Mr. Hurtig charmed me and I found him intelligent and most willing to listen (as opposed to most other politicians). We had a long chat and I have forgotten the thread. But for at least one year after, I received political propaganda from the man.
Some years ago while teaching at a downtown photography school one of my students, an English young man whose last name was a most poetic Strand asked me in the presence of other students, “Alex can you show us photographs of people in magazines that still exist?” My rapid answer tinged with that inevitable sadness as Strand had indeed struck his mark was, “Most of my subjects from existing magazines are all dead.”