Series - Doug Cox Photographs

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Doug Cox Photographs

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  • Source of title proper: Title of series based on the name of the creator; where direct labeling on materials was unavailable, confident inferences have been made based on the dates of the photographs; generally, all photographs with dates from about 1977 on are attributed to Cox except where explicit notation indicates otherwise.

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  • [1977?] - 2008 (Creation)

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ca. 4000 photographs + some descriptive tearsheets and/or notes : col. ; ca. 1000 35mm negatives with contact sheets ; ca. 2500 35mm slide transparencies ; ca. 500 prints, 25cm x 20 cm and smaller, predominantly 10cm x 10cm ; one La Cie hard drive with an unknown number of digital photographs.
Comprising 49 folders/albums or portions of folders/albums, non-linear arrangement.

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Series consists of original photographs taken by Doug Cox from the 1970s through to 2008 in support of his career as author and historian Frequently, Cox’s images form a time-lapse continuation of the older photographs he collected for research purposes. An orientation toward documenting the passage of time is perceived by the archivist, with many reprisals of people, buildings, landscapes, and subjects first treated in his acquired collections. In addition to this, Cox documents many of his interview subjects photographically, and this series in large part complements his corpus of recorded interviews/oral histories and collected manuscripts.
Notable are currents of documentation of individuals, (particularly Bud Gawne, Joe Harris, Stelkia, Armstrong, and Kruger families, Brent family), locations, (particularly Penticton (heavy emphasis), Blakeburn and Coalmont, Keremeos and the South Okanagan; and themes, (particularly mining and ranching).
Works encompass portraits, landscapes, and candid shots, and were captured on film, and later digitally. Series consists of photographs, slide transparencies, and negatives.
The contents of the La Cie hard drive have not yet been reviewed. The remainder of the series is arranged into 38 files or portions of file.

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As physical ordering of Doug and Joyce Cox collection has been respected as received, the sequential array of interfiled materials has been left undisturbed. This means that Doug Cox’s photos are interspersed, usually on a principle of pertinence, with other photos and supporting materials of various provenances. Since the photographs taken by Cox frequently reflect a progression of time across common themes, subjects, and places presented in his older collected images, keeping them together physically while describing them separately preserves their richness of contextual sequence while still reflecting their differences in terms of provenance and function.
Materials that are clearly of an older vintage and have been copied by Cox to various photographic media are not attributed to Cox and do not form part of this series.

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No restrictions exist on the physical collection; however, owing to the fact that Cox photographed persons (some of them under the age of majority) throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the decision to copy, digitize, and publish/distribute these more recent images has been reserved pending more detailed inquiry into issues of consent and privacy.

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Created 18 June 2015 by Paige Hohmann

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