For Immediate Release
August 16, 2001

David Somers, Curator
Peel Heritage Complex
905-791-4055, Ext. 2112

Photographs by Russell K. Cooper at the Art Gallery of Peel

(Brampton) - Capturing the Moment - a selection of photographs by the late Russell K. Cooper from the Collection of the Region of Peel Archives is on display at the Art Gallery of Peel until September 29, 2001.

Cooper became a photographer almost by accident. In 1944, while an engineering student in search for a summer job, the Brampton native found work with the local Conservator newspaper and was trained in photography by his co-workers. Cooper enjoyed the work so much that he changed his career plans and stayed with the paper.

As Cooper's reputation and talent grew, he freelanced for the Toronto Telegram and became the official Ontario Provincial Police photographer in Peel. At any time of the day or night, Cooper could expect a summon to photograph a gruesome accident, natural disaster or other crisis. Cooper's job as a press photographer was demanding, requiring him to work under tight deadlines and have a competitive edge over rival photographers from The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.

Throughout his career, Cooper produced many award-winning photographs and received two prestigious assignments: the Royal Family at Windsor Castle and the "Big Three" Conference in Bermuda. When Cooper found himself sitting at a desk more often than taking photos, he turned his energies to other areas. From 1965 until his retirement in 1991, he made great contributions in the field of heritage preservation as the Administrator of Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The Art Gallery of Peel is part of the Peel Heritage Complex operated by the Region of Peel. It is located at 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton. During August it is opened to the public Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday: noon to 4:30 p.m. Commencing September, the Complex will also be opened Sundays: noon to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday evenings: 6 - 9 p.m. The admission fees are $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for seniors; $1 for students and $7 for families.

The Peel Heritage Complex is made up of the Region of Peel Museum, the Art Gallery of Peel, and Region of Peel Archives. Together they collect, preserve and display a wide variety of materials related to Peel's Heritage.


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