Lord of Canada's Photo History


Claude Lord
Curator, Photo Library Collection, National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Montréal, Quebec

As the National Film Board of Canada’s Curator for the Photo Library Collection, Claude Lord’s job is to store, preserve and share the NFB’s photography collection. “Canadians discover their country and fellow Canadians through our films,” says Claude.

Claude feels that it’s very important to Canadians that these archives be preserved. “It’s a tremendous cultural heritage. Over the decades, we can see how society has changed. We can see how the film industry has changed. There’s so much information and knowledge in these pictures.” During anniversaries, like the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, these materials help us remember. “It’s important to know where we came from so that we know where we’re headed,” explains Claude.