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Collection - Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs

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Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs

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Langmann Photograph Collection

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  • [ca. 1850-1950] (Creation)
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    Langmann, Uno

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ca. 18,500 photographs : various processes

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Langmann, Uno (1935-)

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Uno Langmann was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1935. In 1955, aided by proceeds from the sale of some coins and antiques, Langmann came to Vancouver via a one-way ticket.

In 1967 Langmann opened his first gallery, the Cedar Cottage. Within three years, he purchased the Century House building at 432 Richards Street, one of Vancouver’s first Heritage buildings. In 1977 Uno Langmann Limited Fine Arts moved to its present location at 2117 Granville Street.

By the late 1970s he had established Sotheby’s Parke Bernet in Vancouver and become their first Northwest Representative. He helped organize three auctions, all of which were very successful, before withdrawing in order to focus exclusively on his own business.

His internationally recognized gallery is Canada’s foremost specialist in the finest quality European and North American paintings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

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The Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, donated by Uno and Dianne Langmann and Uno Langmann Limited, consists of more than 18,000 rare and unique early photographs from the 1850s to the 1970s. It is considered the premiere private collection of early provincial photos, and an important illustrated history of early photographic methods. The photographs were taken by a wide range of photographers. Some well-known photographers represented in the collection include William Notman, Charles MacMunn, Frederick Dally, Charles Horetzky, Charles Gentile, Philip Timms, Yucho Chow, R. Maynard, and Leonard Frank.

This finding aid will provide access to the collection in the interim period while UBC Library digitizes the collection. For updates on the collection and its digitization, please visit http://langmann.library.ubc.ca

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