Capturing the North

Photographer Lorene Squire’s pioneering forays into northern Canada in the 1930s provided fascinating views of the North — but her career would tragically be cut short.  

Text by Bronwen Quarry

March 7, 2016

By the standards of the late 1930s, Lorene Squire’s photographs of wildfowl were among the best.

Her work appeared frequently in many magazines, including The Beaver (now called Canada’s History magazine).

It is likely the talented young American would have been better known had she not died in a tragic accident at the age of thirty-two.

Many of the photos she took on her journeys into northern Canada are held by the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives at the Archives of Manitoba.

For more about Squire’s legacy, watch this video.

Bronwen Quarry’s story about Lorene Squire appeared in the April-May 2016 issue of Canada’s History.

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