The great Canadian landscape photographer Budd Watson, was born in Brampton, Ontario, and lived in Midland Ontario from 1936 until the time of his death in 1988.
Budd Watson first received international recognition from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, earned the designation of EFIAP -"excellence "- of the Federation Internationale De L'Art Photographique, Berne, Switzerland, and was named a Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
In 1967, he was commissioned to do a special exhibit, "My Canada", with shots from across Canada to celebrate Canada's Centennial.
In 1973, the McMichael Canadian Collection of Kleinburg, Ontario, had a year long exhibit of Budd's work entitled " My Canada " featuring photographs from each province, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. In 1979 he returned with a new show "The Seasons … Georgian Bay ". At that time, he was the only photographer ever invited to show at the McMichael Galleries, renown for its paintings of the Group of Seven.
Budd conducted lectures and seminars for several Community Colleges of Applied Arts, the Ontario College of Art, the Toronto Camera Club, the Professional Photographers of Canada and New York, as well as the Rochester Institute of Technology and Photographic Arts. He held numerous one man shows including the Tom Thomson Museum of Fine Art in Owen Sound, Ontario and the Kodak Gallery in New York City.
In 1972 Budd opened his first gallery in a self-restored old stagecoach hotel in the hamlet of Wyebridge. He followed this success with the purchase of the former Midland Y.M.C.A. building and opened what is believed to be the largest, privately owned, large format photography gallery in North America (accordingly to an article published by Kodak in 1987). The gallery was intended to be an active community resource featuring a photography school, seminars and weekend workshops.
A two-story high enlarger, with a unique, huge, "Tetter-Totter", 10 foot tray with 5 gallons poured for each solution, was mounted in the old gymnasium. The prints produced were often large scale, measuring 8X10 feet.
Budd Watson used a 5x7 and 8 x 10 Linhof Master Technika camera.
His photographs are included in many private and corporate collections.
PHOTO CREDIT: George Hunter, R.C. A.