• Zellers (February 12, 2013) / Target (March 23, 2015)
  • The lights of the aurora borealis over Lake Winnipeg at Victoria Beach late at night on March 18th. A geomagnetic storm sent solar rays soaring into the Earth's atmosphere, leading to significant northern lights activity that was visible across much of North America March 18 and 19th. (Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press)
  • (Front to back) Risa Shatford, Nadia Minkevich, and Wayne Shatford head into the lake to cool off at Lake of the Woods. July 27, 2014
  • Palestinian supporters hold a rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building. July 14, 2014.

This image is from a rally against the Israel bombing of Gaza. It reminds me of the freedom we still have in this country to gather freely, unlike those who live under unjust regimes and occupation. — John Woods
  • As a photojournalist, our job is to take pictures that tell stories.  If those photos evoke emotion in the viewer, then better yet.  The photo that moves me the most this past year is that of Bradley Bone, the 16-year-old pall bearer at Tina Fontaine's funeral who stepped outside his comfort zone to give her one last hug goodbye. On Aug. 23, I attended Tina Fontaine's funeral in Sagkeeng First Nation. After the formal service was over, the six pallbearers, all cousins of Tina, had gathered around her casket quietly, waiting for the hearse to arrive. Bradley Bone, one of the pallbearers, referred to Tina as his 'little sister.'  I had asked the family ahead of time if I could photograph Tina's final journey and they agreed. It was during this time of waiting that Bradley, unable to hold back his emotions any longer, made a bold move to say goodbye in his own way to Tina by wrapping his arms around her coffin and laying his body across its case. It was an impromptu show of affection that happened so quickly, I barely caught a few frames on my camera. There wasn't any time to analyze my position, check the lighting, or even crop the photo. The heartfelt display of emotion was quick, raw and fleeting; I couldn't risk missing it by moving. As the family could not have an open casket funeral due to her being pulled from the damaging waters of the Red River and the monstrous crime committed against her, the closest Bradley could get to her to say goodbye, one last time, was to hug her casket. This image to me is symbolic, for as this teenage boy wrapped his arms around his little cousin one last time, so too has a nation wrapped their arms around the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women in our nation.  - Ruth Bonneville

Images from around the world chosen by the photo desk at the Winnipeg Free Press.

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  • June 13, 2014

    A glass menagerie: Rare negatives give glimpse into city's history

    In 1898, you could purchase a Vive box camera for $5. More than 110 years later, no one at the Free Press knows how the old Vive glass negatives ended up in one of the drawers in our photo archives — decades untouched. But the power of a photograph in capturing a moment in time is undeniable when the negatives have been scanned and viewed as positive images. — Wayne Glowacki, Winnipeg Free Press photojournalist

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  • Glass negatives by photographer E.J.C. Smith, taken circa 1898. His photo store was located at 276 Smith Street in Winnipeg.

    Glass negatives by photographer E.J.C. Smith, taken circa 1898. His photo store was located at 276 Smith Street in Winnipeg.   (Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press) Photo Store

  • The glass negatives transport viewers to early life in Winnipeg, portraits of its citizens and even a canoe ride down the Red River. Often the background is as important as the main subject.

    The glass negatives transport viewers to early life in Winnipeg, portraits of its citizens and even a canoe ride down the Red River. Often the background is as important as the main subject. Photo Store

  • View from the Forks across the Red River at the original St.Boniface Cathedral on Taché before the basilica was built.

    View from the Forks across the Red River at the original St.Boniface Cathedral on Taché before the basilica was built. Photo Store

  • The negatives were found in faded boxes that bore red stamps — SMITH PHOTOGRAPHER 276 Smith Street, Winnipeg — and contained the four-and-a-quarter-inch square Vive Special Rapid Dry Plates made in Chicago.

    The negatives were found in faded boxes that bore red stamps — SMITH PHOTOGRAPHER 276 Smith Street, Winnipeg — and contained the four-and-a-quarter-inch square Vive Special Rapid Dry Plates made in Chicago. Photo Store

  • E.J.C. Smith frequently placed advertisements in the Manitoba Free Press at the turn of the century selling the latest camera equipment from his shop or the want ad: “A1 Man Needed For Developing.” Unfortunately, it’s unclear if Smith was the photographer of these images.

    E.J.C. Smith frequently placed advertisements in the Manitoba Free Press at the turn of the century selling the latest camera equipment from his shop or the want ad: “A1 Man Needed For Developing.” Unfortunately, it’s unclear if Smith was the photographer of these images. Photo Store

  • It's easy to understand why most of the pictures were taken outdoors. The manual states the camera may require an exposure time of a minute or a minute-and-a-half when taking interior pictures by dull, cloudy window light.

    It's easy to understand why most of the pictures were taken outdoors. The manual states the camera may require an exposure time of a minute or a minute-and-a-half when taking interior pictures by dull, cloudy window light. Photo Store

  • The Vive Camera Company ended operations in 1908. The camera manual states: “No other camera is so simple and sure.”

    The Vive Camera Company ended operations in 1908. The camera manual states: “No other camera is so simple and sure.” Photo Store

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