File 2009.002.704 - Ladner, Ladner Pioneer Library

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Ladner, Ladner Pioneer Library

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  • [ca. 1970] (Creation)
    Pullan, Selwyn

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6 photographs : b&w

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(1922 - 2017)

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"Selwyn Lloyd Pullan, a distinguished Canadian photographer, born in Vancouver in 1922. He attended Vancouver Technical School and served in the Canadian Navy aboard H.M.C.S. Dunvegan during the Second World War. He also attended the prestigious Art Center School in Los Angeles were he studied under Ansel Adams on a Veteran's grant. He returned to Vancouver and specialized in building photography and was appreciated by architects as one who saw buildings from the architects' point of view. He was published in Western Homes and Living, Maclean's, the Vancouver Sun, the New York Times, Canadian Interiors, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Digest, and photographed for many advertising agencies. He helped establish Professional Colour Prints in Kitsilano in the '60s and spread his interests to pioneer digital sound recordings where he noticed that sound and light have similar characteristics and a similar vocabulary. His photographs have documented B.C. mid-century modernism and left the west coast of Canada an archive of outstanding architectural creation."


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Folder contains 6 b&w photographs of the Ladner Pioneer Library in Ladner, B.C. Established in 1930, the Fraser Valley Regional Library System was the first of its kind in North America. Today it is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 24 community libraries serving 650,000 people in its service area. The article was published in Canadian Architect yearbook, 1964, p. 48-49. Architects on the project were Richard B. Archambault, J. Blair Macdonald and Barry V. Downs.

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Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.
Digital copies only. Original records are not accessible/viewable using the equipment in the reading room. Digital copies may be viewed onsite.

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Selwyn Pullan Photography, North Vancouver, B.C.

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Verso: Photographer' s stamp, brief decription of views, architects' names.

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