Currently not on display
Glidden Colony (or Hutterite No. 16), 1976
Sepia-toned gelatin silver print
14″ x 11″
University of Regina President’s Art Collection. Gift of Bernard Mulaire, 2019; pc.2019.04
In 2021, students enrolled in ARTH 324: Canadian Art and Cultural Identity, selected artwork from the President’s Art Collection for an artwork research assignment. With support from the Curator, they researched and wrote extended label texts, which are reproduced throughout the Campus Art Guide. The following text was written in response to Glidden Colony (or Hutterite No. 16), 1976.
Daniel Kazimierski (b.1949) is a Polish American Photographer from Warsaw, Poland. Who currently resides in Piermont, New York, United States and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. He studied photography and film at several academic institutions, including The Vancouver School of Art, York University, University of Toronto and New York University.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Kazimierski via email in November of 2021. He was candid and honest in his responses, as he recalled memories of what it was like to document his time with the Glidden Colony. The photo was taken in 1976 while he was a student at The Vancouver School of Art; he had taken a road trip across Canada and had met up with a local farmer who introduced him to the colony. He described how initially the colony members were hesitant to have their photos taken for religious reasons. He stated that after some time had passed. A Hutterite couple had asked him to take a photo of them in front of their house. And from there other members of the colony were eager to have their photo taken.
I asked Kazimierski if he could recall the moment he took the photo of the children in Hutterite No.16. I was surprised to learn how much he could recall; as he described the interaction he had with the children. He said that the children began following him around and became curious in his camera, as they posed for him on the fence. Kazimierski recalled that the boy who made the face had noticed that Kazimierski had been wearing glasses and had playfully mocked him. Kazimerski admitted that one of his favourite moments of the interaction was when one of children had asked about the camera equipment he was holding and the boy asked “How heavy am I?” Kazimerski remarked how endearing this observation was, and states how he never forgot it.