Courtney Milne, image from The Pool Project (detail), 2000-2010

Courtney Milne: The Pool Project

June 24 – September 18, 2011

Courtney Milne was one of Canada’s most recognized professional photographers, renowned worldwide for his images of landscape and nature. He made more than 350,000 exposures, photographing in 35 countries and on all seven continents. He wrote more than 180 illustrated articles for photographic magazines and produced numerous popular books of photography of the Canadian prairies, as well as several books of images of global sacred sites and spiritual landscapes. His best-selling 1991 book, The Sacred Earth, features a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Pool Project is Milne’s first solo exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery. This unique collaborative project brings together more than 40 of Milne’s stunning colour photographs of the surface of his outdoor swimming pool, captured over the course of a decade (2000-2010) with the spiritual musings and reflections of a broad array of local and international personalities. The Pool Project is both a celebration of Milne’s unique ability to capture the qualities of light, colour, and texture and an opportunity for visitors of all backgrounds to contemplate aspects of the spiritual through art. For more information on the project, visit

Milne was born in 1943 in Saskatoon, and until his death in 2010 lived and worked in Grandora, SK. Some of Milne’s many recognitions include the Gold Medal for Distinction in Photography from the Canadian Association for Photographic Arts, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Regina.

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