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Archive Traces: Margaret Watkins Photographer

Quebec Premiere

Archive Traces: Margaret Watkins Photographer

Katherine Tweedie, Mary O'Connor

Canada | 2022 | 14 min
English |
Subtitles: English
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Enjoy this portrait of early-20th-century Canadian photographer Margaret Watkins. Defying gender norms, Watkins studied at the Clarence White Summer School of Photography in Maine in 1914. She then fought to survive as a woman and an independent artist around the world, through her original photographic language focused on still lives. Archive Traces is a feminist film, which, through Watkins’ words and images, depicts her everyday creativity, humour, and strength.

In presence of the film crew on March 25, 2023 at Musée Mccord Stewart in Montreal
Also presented:
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada (2022)
Director Mary O'Connor, Katherine Tweedie
Script Mary O'Connor, Katherine Tweedie
Editing Eduardo Menz
Sound Recording René-Pierre Guérin
Voice Johanna Nutter
Sound mixing René-Pierre Guérin
Music Adjani Jordan
Rehearser Brian Dooley

In Partnership with


• Musée McCord Stewart
Saturday, march 25, 2023, 02:00 p.m. — 03:30 p.m.


Katherine Tweedie

Katherine Tweedie

In 2007, Katherine Tweedie co-authored with Mary O’Connor Seduced by Modernity: The Photography of Margaret Watkins, launched at the McCord Museum in 2008. As Professor Emerita at Concordia University, her eclectic practice included writing about contemporary Quebec photography and directing videos on photographers William Klein and Evergon, winning an award for innovative technique. Now 15 years later, she has co-produced and directed the film Archive Traces. The script is in Watkins’s words with her photographs of domestic objects in NYC, the male workplace on the Glasgow waterfront and the USSR in 1933. Music was her inspiration.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
I Lease Wombs, I Don’t Sell Babies (1993)
Willaim Klien : All the Facts Are Real Fiction (1989)
Just Evergon (1988)

Mary O'Connor

Mary O'Connor

Mary O’Connor grew up in Montreal and is Professor Emerita at McMaster University. She has co-curated art exhibitions, including one of women’s art (Embodied Matter) at McMaster Museum of Art, and one on The Archive and Everyday Life at the Ontario Science Centre. Her research interests have varied over the years from 17th century women’s life-writing to African American women’s novels. She has worked on Margaret Watkins since first seeing the photographer’s Kitchen Sink in 1993 at the National Gallery, publishing articles, chapters in books, a co-authored monograph on Watkins with Katherine Tweedie, and finally this film Archive Traces. This is her first film.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team

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