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New exhibit features work of Summerside photographer

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – During February and March, The Sixty Days of Fame series at MacNaught History Centre and Archives, is featuring an exhibition of photography by Oliver Childs of Summerside.

The Sixty Days of Fame series is featuring an exhibition of photography by Oliver Childs of Summerside.

Entitled “From the Darkroom to the Digital Age,” it spans twenty years from 1996 to 2016.

In that time frame, Childs embarked upon an epic personal voyage, leaving his home in Bristol, England, and a career as an actor, to move to Canada to start a new life.

Not only did he marry and start a family, but Childs decided to turn his photography hobby into a profession and enrolled in photography classes at Welland College in Ontario’s Niagara region, where a year later, he began teaching photography and darkroom skills. 

Two provinces, and 20 years later, Childs still teaches photography classes and is a busy freelance professional. He is well known to many island photographers as an expert in his field.

Many of the prints on exhibit were shot on film and hand printed in Childs’ darkroom before digital cameras and the digital darkroom came of age. The images are striking and disparate, reflecting the growth and evolution of both the photographer and the medium.

The exhibit can be viewed free of charge Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The MacNaught History Centre and Archives is located at 85 Spring Street in Summerside. 

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