A decade of events seen by millions of visitors

What follows is a brief summary of the various photo exhibits and events produced by organizations managed or owned by Louise Larivière since 1999.

In the early 90's Louise Larivière met French photojournalist Jean-Eudes Schurr; together they founded Productions de L’Oeil, a company dedicated to producing real-time photo essays. In 1998, a group of European and American photographers were invited to Quebec Côte Nord, to take part in an innovative photo blitz called "L'oeil de la Minganie". Their work was featured extensively in the media and in several exhibitions, and was later compiled in the book. It was soon followed by another event this time, to photograph the daily life in Québec City in the peak of winter. Pictures of L'oeil de la Capitale were exhibited at Québec Museum of Civilization. In September 1999, 30 photojournalists from different regions of the globe descended on Montreal to take part in another photo blitz entitled “Montreal seen by 30 photojournalists”. An exhibition opened only five days after the blitz, and captured the attention of the media and the public alike. The photos were published in a book. From 2002 until 2005, Productions de L’Oeil produced outdoor exhibits for the Montreal HighLights Festival, which included “Nuits blanches sur Montréal”, a photo essay on people working night shifts.

In 2003, Larivière opened BlowUp, a Montreal photo gallery dedicated to photojournalism. While managing the gallery, Larivière began producing outdoor exhibits on McGill College Avenue. The first exhibit was “I am Montreal”; it featured nine Montreal photographers who, for nine months, photographed people throughout the city.

Larivière co-founded the non-profit photojournalistic organization Reporters Communication in 2003, and continued to design and arrange mainly outdoor photo exhibitions as the organization’s director. “Protecting Peace” was a recurrent photo assignment that led to different exhibitions. It investigated how peace is achieved through sustainable development, focusing primarily on Africa, Asia and South America. Many photographers participated. The work was shown in Montreal and Ottawa. In 2005, the organization “Montreal World Book Capital” commissioned a special assignment on how Montrealers enjoy reading. The resulting exhibit “I read Montreal” was presented on McGill College Avenue and later turned into a book. For three consecutive years, Larivière managed the travelling exhibition of World Press Photo when it came to Montreal. She turned the presentation into an educational activity-filled event. In 2006, she embarked on what has turned out to be a long and fruitful journey. “RESPECT” is a special project that promotes the boreal forest of Canada to urbanites. It quickly grew from a short assignment in Northern Quebec to many longer assignments across Canada. The popularity of the project and the resulting exhibits has grown ever since. In 2007, the project was absorbed by the newly-created firm, Boreal Communications.

At the same time as she was producing exhibits, Larivière dedicated her energy into opening up new venues to display photographic art. She was instrumental in creating an area dedicated to photographic exhibitions at Montreal-Trudeau Airport. She also arranged for a new outdoor exhibition site along the Lachine Canal, at the Atwater Market place; pedestrians, cyclists and picnickers in the area have enjoyed various outdoor exhibitions ever since.

Montreal Highlight Festival | BlowUp photogallery | McGill College | Ottawa | WPP | Montreal-Trudeau airport | Lachine Canal | Montreal Biosphere | The Forks, Winnipeg