Photo Es­say: “Bell Mon­treal”

The McGill Daily - - Contents - pho­tos and text by Krause A.S.

“Bell Mon­treal” is a photo-se­ries and film that ex­plores how Mon­treal en­vi­sioned its fu­ture in the 1960-1970s and how the city to­day holds onto its past. The tele­phone un­der­went sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances as Mon­treal en­tered the world as a ma­jor sec­u­lar metropo­lis; the two shared sim­i­lar pro­jec­tions for fu­ture tech­nol­ogy and life­styles. How­ever, like the Bell pay­phones fea­tured here, Mon­treal did not be­come the city it once en­vi­sioned. More homes were built than there were peo­ple to fill them, Canada’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal moved to Toronto, and the fa­mous Expo ’67 Bio­sphere lit it­self on fire. This photo se­ries was made as part of a short film I cre­ated by the same ti­tle in fall of 2017. The film mixes still 35mm pho­tog­ra­phy and found footage of orig­i­nal Bell Tele­phone com­mer­cials to high­light the city’s odd de­ci­sion to main­tain so many these pay­phones de­spite their ob­so­les­cence.

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