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Brighton Block

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 22 November 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Brighton Block is significant because of its association with the notable photographer Ernest Brown. He constructed this building between 1911-13, to contain his studio and workshop. Brown’s business flourished until 1923, when he suffered financial difficulties and lost the building. In 1947, the Province purchased his photographic collection, which is one of its most important photographic holdings of Edmonton buildings, streetscapes, social and commercial life at the time.

PENTAX K200D 1/45 second F/4.0 ISO 800 57 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very interesting document. It is a beauiful building but the stores seem empty now. It's a pity, with this great photographic past!

22 Nov 2009 6:55am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you very much Paco! Yes, the building is currently under renovation..... ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An interesting place in photography history

22 Nov 2009 9:06am

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! Yes, an incredible archive of life in Edmonton around the turn of the century... ;-)

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

The name of the building drew me right in ... 1912 was a good year; my dad was born then.
So sad that it can't be "Everything Photographic" now, but this is a great shot!

22 Nov 2009 1:30pm

@Judy: Thanks very much Judy! At the time they probably were "everything photographic"...... ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Well..this looks like my kind of building :)
An excellent composition Eric! I like the detail and the lines.

22 Nov 2009 2:31pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks very much Sharon! I agree, it is always rewarding when we restore the old buildings that were part of our past rather than replacing them with new...... ;-)

mo.langel from Switzerland

Belle architecture! Excellente composition!
Good sunday Eric!

22 Nov 2009 4:04pm

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Tout un symbole pour nous autres photographes amateurs

22 Nov 2009 4:52pm

@Marie LC: Merci beaucoup Marie ! Oui, un symbole positif à nous les photographes d'amature qui espèrent faire une différence. ;-)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Amazing history in this building and a great capture!

I like the angle in this!

22 Nov 2009 7:15pm

@Scott F. Schilling: Thanks very much Scott! ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

I can picture people going in & out of that place in early 20th century and I enjoy this a lot !

22 Nov 2009 7:29pm

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! I have visited the archives and it was a fantastic photographic entity in it's day. ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric,
a very interesting explanation for this building. The building can not be overlooked because of the unusual color. The recording I like. It is much more clarity exists. I wish you a pleasant Sunday evening.
Dear greetings Christel

22 Nov 2009 8:32pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

It looks so much like many of buildings here in Waterloo :)) Sure, we are not so far away :))

22 Nov 2009 9:04pm

@MARIANA: Thank you Mariana! I love the area around Kitchner/Waterloo. So much history from our multicultural melting pot...... ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

"Everything Photographic" - what an interesting story and building. Nice capture.

23 Nov 2009 10:21pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

Sugata from Newark, United States

Interesting narrative.

24 Nov 2009 5:27am

@Sugata: Thanks Sugata! ;-)

PENTAX K200D
1/45 second
F/4.0
ISO 800
57 mm (35mm equiv.)

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