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EPISODE 30: Copyright: Leonard
Directed by Eli Gorn
Leonard Frank was a German
immigrant who arrived in Canada in 1900. He came in search of fortune,
hoping to strike it rich by finding gold. Instead, a chance win at a lottery
in a lumber camp placed a camera in Frank's hands. Over the next fifty
years, Frank would take nearly 50,000 pictures. His images would capture
the changes in Vancouver as it grew from being a wilderness town to a
The film shows the ugly side
of human nature which came to the surface during World War I. As that
bloody conflict took its toll on Canada's son, the German in Canada paid
a price, through loss of jobs, respect, the right to vote and liberty.
Despite public ostracization
during the war, Frank, through his camera, captured some fo the most hauntingly
beautiful pictures of British Columbis, which help to define his adopted
- Gold Rush
- Official Photographer
- World War I
- Enemy Alien Act
- To examine images which
help define Canada
- To explore the dangers of
- To study early settlers
of Canada,s West Coast and how the natural resources attracted people
from around the world
- The concept of the camera
is very simple. Research the building of a camera and build one.
- Frank fell in love with
the mountains - they were his inspiration. What natural feature in your
city or town is inspiring you?
- Part of Frank's lasting
appeal was that he took pictures of every day events which defined a
period in time, "captured the moment". Take a camera and spend
a few days taking pictures around the school or neighbourhood which
define the time in which you live.
- The Germans were declared
"enemy aliens" during World War I. Many were placed in internment
camps. What was life in an internment camp? Where were they located?
Research where Canada's internment camps were located, whi was interred
and the lasting impact on the community.
- Frank became the official
photographer for the government on Vancouver Island. Many cities have
official photographers. Invite your city or town's official photographer
or a professional photographer to come to your class and explain the
craft. What do they look for when taking a picture? Why is a picture
worth 1000 words?