While many pioneers experienced the transformation of a raw frontier to an agricultural heartland, Carl Englebert (Bert) Fors was one of the few to provide an excellent visual record of that historic change. A young Swedish immigrant who came to Central Alberta with his family in the early 1890’s, Bert Fors had a talent for taking first class photos of his family, friends and the rapidly changing community around him.
Bert Fors’ photos are printed from the original glass negatives donated to the Red Deer and District Archives by the Fors/Bergstrom family. The images provide wonderful portraits of the homes, farms and clothing styles, particularly of the Swedish immigrant communities of West Central Alberta in the early part of the last century.
The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery present Nya Backen, The New Land by photographer Bert Fors until January 9, 2011.
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