Donigan Cumming



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Editioned Book of Photographs      
Donigan Cumming. Falcon's Guide, 2023. 
A limited-edition book of photographs.


Group exhibitions    
Aging Bodies, Myths and Heroines,    
East Window Gallery, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.    
(November 9, 2023 - February 28, 2024)

Vues de l'intérieur : portrait de l'espace habité
Views of Within - Picturing the Spaces We Inhabit
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal,    
Quebec, Canada.


Publication Online        

Splitting the Choir: The Moving Images of Donigan Cumming.

A collection of nine essays, a script (Wrap) and interview by Scott Birdwise.
Republished web edition, 2023.
 “Download PDF in Publications
Splitting the Choir: The Moving Images of Donigan Cumming”



Editioned Boxed Set        
July 2022        

Even as the Falcon Plummets

This is a limited edition of five boxed sets published by Donigan Cumming in 2022. Each inkjet print is signed, dated, and numbered on the back of the sheet. The images have been printed by PhotoSynthèse, Montreal, on Moab-Entrada Rag Bright 300. Edition design by Robert Tombs, Ottawa. The clamshell box has been manufactured to archival standards by Bella Forte Designs, Santa Fe.


The Stage
The Stage, 250 framed black and white images 2.54 m. x 4.45 m.    
Le langage silencieux / The Silent Language, Aix-en-provence, Espace culturel départemental 21 bis Mirabeau, July 6 – October 23    
The Silent Language is an exhibition of about fifty iconic 20th-century works from the
Maison Européenne de la Photographie that explores various kinds of relationships between photographers and models. It includes intimate photographs, collaborative works, commissioned portraits and even candid shots by photographers from different places and periods to show the encounters and singular stories that form the basis of the representation of the Other.
    Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Donigan Cumming, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Nan Goldin, Emmet Gowin, Bertien Van Manen, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Man Ray, Bettina Rheims, Alice Springs, Henry Wessel, Dolorès Marat.

Group exhibition    
May 7 to 29 May, 2021   3 + / Trois photographes montréalais + / Three Montreal Photographers +
McClure Gallery, 350, ave Victoria    
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 2N4  
  Michel Campeau, Donigan Cumming, Tom Gibson
  Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 6pm  
  Saturday, 12 to 5pm  
Virtual guided tour with curator Robert Graham on Thursday May 6 at 5 pm
Bilingual catalogue available - Print and online


Group exhibition      
  Image ... Sent / Image ... envoyée
September 17 - October 16, 2020     From September 17 to October 16, this exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris brings together 36 new photographic projets by major Canadian contemporary artists, as well 50 special images shared by Canadian and French citizens. – Catherine Bédard, curator.
Canadian Cultural Centre,
130, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France
    Special openings on Saturday, September 19, 2020 (Journées européennes du Patrimoine)
and Saturday, October 3, 2020 (Nuit Blanche).

  Flight 1, 2020. On exhibition in Paris.  

Papier 2020
June 4 - June 21
Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper
Galerie La Castiglione
Montréal, Qc, Canada
  Installation of nine photographs drawn from the shooting for  
  Reality and Motive in Documentary Photography, Part 1 (1982-1985).  
  Vintage prints on archival paper base, image 21.9 x 32.8 cm.  

Publication Launch
Videographe launches the web publication
Body-to-Body: The Works of Donigan Cumming
Free preview program May 7 to August 7, 2020
My Dinner With Weegee, Wrap, Shelter and the Seven Wonders of the World

Publication Online    
Donigan Cumming - Monographie
Dazibao et VU
Monographie / publications

Group Exposition        
Le tirage unique
Galerie La Castiglione, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
December 1, 2019 - February 22, 2020


Group Exposition      

Donigan Cumming, JJ Levine, George Steeves, Andrea Szilasi
Drawings and photographs

La Castiglione
Édifice Belgo
372, rue Ste-Catherine O., suite 416
Montréal, QC H3B 1A2
3 April - 11 May

Papier 2019
April 25 - April 28
Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper
Galerie La Castiglione
Grand Quai
200, rue de la Commune O.
Montréal, Qc

Book Launch  
GraceGraceGrace explore gen - age*(*gender and aging)  
GraceGraceGrace and Live Art Development Agency (2019)  
The Garnett Centre
117A Mansford Street, London E2 6LX
March 28, 7:00 p.m.
"What resulted from this collaboration is a set of stark, exquisite images of an older woman, often gazing at us but always allowing us to gaze at her and her naked or clothed body, seemingly on her own terms."
— Teresa Albor, Our bodies, ourselves  

New Music Composition      

Recorded statement included in To Discard All Images, music composed by Christopher Mayo based on the work of Canadian photographer John Max.
Array Space, Toronto, Ontario
Premier (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)
February 8, 8:00 p.m


Group Exposition  
A Model in the Studio, Montreal 1880-1950, New Acquisitions
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Open to the public January 29, 2019 Vernissage February 19,
2019, at 5:30 p.m.
"Le commissaire clôt l'exposition avec une photographie contemporaine très touchante de Donigan Cumming datant de 1992: deux personnes âgées dans leur plus simple appareil témoignant d'une grande douceur, d'une grande complicité. Une photo à l'image de cette exposition qui explore, sans préjugé et avec finesse, l'humanité de la représentation du corps humain."  
— Éric Clément, La  

Epilogue (2005) in From Ferron to BGL: Contemporary Art in Québec  
2019 - throughout year  
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Québec City, Canada
  Donigan Cumming, Epilogue (2005). Média mixte, encaustique sur panneau, 2.6 x 4.4 m.


Donigan Cumming: Alfred’s Room and Other Spaces
Galerie Michel Guimont
Border Crossings [Winnipeg]. Issue No. 147, Vol. 37, No. 3
CV Ciel Variable [Montréal]. No. 110

Drawings Reproduced  
Spirale : arts, lettres & sciences humaines
No. 265, ÉTÉ, 2018

  Untitled (Coloured Geoff, drawn from a photograph taken in my studio), 2015.   Untitled (Winged Geoff, drawn from a photograph taken in my studio), 2015

Department of Art History        
October 30 09:00        
Concordia University, Montreal        

Donigan Cumming : La chambre d'Alfred et autres espaces    
An exhibition of drawings and photographs
Galerie Michel Guimont
273, rue Saint-Paul
Quebec, QC G1K 3W6
418 692-1188
25 February - 18 March 2018

The Seven Wonders of the World (v.o. English, sous-titres français)        
A video by Donigan Cumming in "Programme Portraits."
Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, 36ème édition, Montréal, Québec
Vendredi 23 February/février 2018 | 17h30
Cinémathèque québécoise, salle Hydro-Québec
335 boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, Montréal, QC


Donigan Cumming workshop in Vevey        
École de photography de Vevey (CEPV)
Vevey, Switzerland
December 4 - 8

Solo Program of Video Work        

Too Many Things (2010), Exit Interview (2014), Out of Kerr’s Suitcase (2016)
v.o. anglais, s.t.  français
Présentée au Centre culturel canadien
5 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris, France
15 nov. 2017

Department of Art History
October 31 09:00
Concordia University, Montreal

Imago Mundi - Great and North

Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy
August 29 to October 29, 2017

Scotiabank Photography Award Finalist        
"The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award that acknowledges the outstanding contribution that our winners have made to contemporary art and photography. These are artists who strive to invent, influence and redefine the reception of art in ways that will endure."        

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Long List        
"The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada’s most significant award for contemporary photography, recognizing photographers from around the world whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years."        

Papier 2017          
April 21 – April 23
Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper
Galerie Michel Guimont
Arsenal Art Contemporain
2020, rue William,
Montréal, Qc

Photography in Canada: 1960‒2000        
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
April 7, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Die inner Haut ‒ Kunst und Scham        

Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
March 4, 2017 - June 4, 2017


Out of Kerr’s Suitcase        
Screening in competition at Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, 35ème édition, Montréal, Québec
Samedi 25 février, 15h30
Programme Total expérimental
Cinémathèque québécoise – Salle de projection principale
335, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est
En compétition – 16h00 – 16h38
Stills from the video


L'Œil du collectionneur: Comme une respiration        
10 décembre 2016 - 26 mars 2017
Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg

Exposition de groupe        
Galerie Michel Guimont
4 décembre 2016 au 15 février 2017
Québec QC, Canada

4ème Foire en art actuel de Québec (FAAQ)
Galerie Michel Guimont
24 au 27 novembre
Québec QC, Canada

Donigan Cumming workshop in Vevey        
École de photography de Vevey (CEPV)
Vevey, Switzerland
November 21 -25

Department of Art History
November 15th 08:30
Concordia University, Montreal

L'édition 2016 de Polycopies        
Concorde-Atlantique amarré aux berges de la Seine
November 10 - 13
Paris, France

Department of Art History
September 27th 09:00
Concordia University, Montrea

Contemporary Art in Québec
Summer 2016 - ongoing  
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Québec City, Canada
  Donigan Cumming, Prologue (2005). Média mixte, encaustique sur panneau, 2.6 x 4.4 m.













Included in two new major anthologies:    

Une Collection. Maison européenne de la photographie and
The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography.


Donigan Cumming, April 27, 1991 from the series Pretty Ribbons    

Centre d’art et de diffusion CLARK
5455, avenue de Gaspé
Montréal, Québec
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 7:00 pm



Donigan Cumming workshop in Vevey        
École de photography de Vevey (CEPV)
Vevey, Switzerland
November 23 -27, 2015

Discussion: The Photographic Impulse        
Participating filmmakers Khalik Allah, Donigan Cumming, and Michel Lamothe.
Moderated by Brian Cassidy.
18th Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)
J.A. de Sève Auditorium
Concordia University, Montréal
November 20, 2015, 3:00 pm

Culture (2002), screening in the program, A Photographer’s Eye: Photography and the Poetic Documentary        
18th Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)
Cinémathèque Québécoise - Salle Claude Jutra
November 17, 2015, 8:30 pm

Video and Print Installation
A Life in Photography: Kerr’s Suitcase
In the program A Photographer's Eye: Photography and the Poetic Documentary,
18th Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Québec, Canada.
November 12-22, 2015


Invited Donation to the Luciano Benetton Imago Mundi Collection      





Charcoal, lead pencil, coloured pencil,
imitation gold leaf, oil, beeswax, dammar gum,
horsehair, dog hair, and inkjet on canvas and tyvek
October, 2015

Donigan Cumming, Jos. (2015) 12.3 x 10.3 x 2.2 cm.

Book Launch and Exhibition
Kerr’s Suitcase, Maquam Press (2015)
and The Stage, Errata Editions (2014)

The Photographic Book in Quebec
Librairie Formats
2, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal
Vernissage, September 18, 2015, 5:00 pm
Exhibition, September 18 - October 12, 2015

Exit Interview, European Screenings        

Life-Art-Balance, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
Point de Départ, [.Box] Videoart Project Space, Milan, Italy


Book and Magazine Launch
Donigan Cumming : The Stage - Errata Editions

Wednesday, March 25 - 17:00 – 19:00

Revue 24 images, “Donigan Cumming X2,” DVD and interview.

DAZIBAO - Centre de diffusion
5455, avenue de Gaspé, rez-de-chaussée - espace 109, Montréal (Québec)


Academy of Art Video Art

March 3rd 17:50 EV6.720
Engineering and Visual Arts Building, Mackay and St. Catherine
Concordia University, Montreal


Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 5
Exit Interview, premiere
February 22 20h15
BAnQ - Grande Bibliothèque, Auditorium
b475, oulevard de Maisonneuve Est, Montreal
  View the EXIT interview Trailer HERE  
For telephones   For pads & computers
  EXIT Interview Still Gallery  


Donigan Cumming workshop in Vevey        

February 16 -20 - 2015
École de photography de Vevey (CEPV)
Vevey, Switzerland







Donigan Cumming et Michel Hardy-Vallée       Conférence de Michel Hardy-Vallée sur le livre photographique
November 9 - 2014 - Vernissage
Conférence et lancement de livre : Donigan Cumming : The Stage - Errata Editions
      November 9 - 2014 - 14h

VU photo - Centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie
550, côte d'Abraham, Québec

The Stage Gallery HERE       Click on images for more info

à la Cinémathèque québécoise.

Rétrospective les 9 et et 10 avril à 18h30
Classe de maître le vendredi 11 avril à 18h30

La Cinémathèque québécoise et Vidéographe, centre d'artistes en arts médiatiques, s'associent à nouveau et vous invitent à rencontrer cinq grands noms du cinéma contemporain, des conteurs expérimentaux et polymorphes, de janvier à juin 2014

Places limités - Entrée ouverte à tous
Cinémathèque québécoise - 335, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est

The Cinémathèque Québécoise in collaboration with Vidéographe, is presenting a retrospective of Donigan Cumming's works.
Retrospective April 9 & 10 avril at 6.30PM
Master class Friday April 11, 6:30PM:(free admission)
The master class will be in French and English.

        More on Facebook HERE

New study of The Stage        
Errata Editions’ Books on Books series is an on-going publishing project dedicated to making rare and out-of-print photography books accessible to students and photobook enthusiasts.

These are not reprints or facsimiles but complete studies of those originals. Each in this series presents the entire content, page for page, of an original master bookwork which, up until now, has been too rare or prohibitively expensive for most to experience.

Through a mix of classic and contemporary titles, this series spans the breadth of photographic practice as it has appeared on the printed page and allows further study into the creation and meanings of these great works of art.

Donigan Cumming The Stage Republish
Errata Editions’ web site.

The Stage Gallery HERE     Article: Rare & Forgotten Photography Books, Resurrected

Study by Élène Tremblay        
A new scholarly study by Élène Tremblay, Université de Montréal, focuses on the figure of the afflicted body, as represented in the work of Donigan Cumming, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Gillian Wearing.

L’insistance du regard sur le corps éprouvé. Pathos et contre-pathos was selected by an international advisory committee as the fourth title in the film studies series Cinethesis (Udine: Forum, 2013).




Donigan Cumming workshops in Geneva and Vevey        
Haute école d'art et de design Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
[November 9 - 23, Master Classes in Photography and Video]

École de photographie de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland
[December 2 - 6, Workshop]




Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Open to the public July 8, 2013
Vernissage September 8, 2013

Benoit Aquin, Claire Beaugrand-Champagne, Alain Chagnon, Michel Campeau, Roger Charbonneau, Serge Clément, Donigan Cumming, Clara Gutsche, Brian Merrett, Normand Rajotte, Gabor Szilasi.


June 15 - October 14 - 2013        
Musée d'art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul        
Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Coming Through the Fog:
les rencontres de Matthieu Brouillard et de Donigan Cumming
      "La couleur des jours" Monographie review

Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming
Coming Through the Fog
les rencontres de Matthieu Brouillard et de Donigan Cumming FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal.
Ciel variable #92 p.82

      Ciel Variable #92 p.82 (text only)
Expo Matthieu Brouillard et Donigan Cumming      
Deux artistes de générations différentes, dont les univers visuels, émotionnels et conceptuels semblent néanmoins se conjuguer et s’amplifier au sein d’une exposition faisant ressortir une affinité d’intérêts et de sensibilité. Les projets photographiques conçus par Donigan Cumming dans les années 1980 et ceux de Matthieu Brouillard, réalisés depuis 2003, proposent un contact inusité avec la mise en scène et le portrait photographiques.   Au fil de son parcours, chacun des artistes a développé un vocabulaire et une approche qui lui sont propres : les photographies de Donigan Cumming affichent une dimension sociodocumentaire et une urbanité sans fard, alors que Matthieu Brouillard fait évoluer ses personnages dans un univers tout aussi troublant, mais théâtralisé par moments, chargé de symbolisme. Il y a quelques années, de manière indépendante et fortuite, chacun a découvert la production de l’autre, y décelant aussitôt des affinités avec la sienne. Depuis, tous deux entretiennent un dialogue professionnel, dont l’exposition permet de saisir toute la pertinence.  
Donigan Cumming
  Chacun des artistes exploite admirablement bien la richesse des nuances et l’intensité des contrastes que permet la photographie noir et blanc. À ces qualités esthétiques généralement appréciées dans l’art photographique s’ajoutent une netteté de l’image et une clarté des détails qui, étrangement, se heurte à une réalité imprécise, offrant des contours troubles : indétermination des lieux et incertitude des émotions, mélangeant le familier avec le bizarre. Les œuvres expriment ainsi une tension latente (parfois hurlante) entre l’être et son environnement. À travers des actes de résistance ou d’abandon, une scénographie déconcertante ou une misère réelle, les univers de Cumming et de Brouillard suscitent un sentiment de malaise, teinté de curiosité et de sympathie.

Martin Labrie, commissaire
Matthieu Brouillard

March 4 - 8 - 2013      
Workshop - École de Photographie de Vevey      
Vevey, Switzerland    

March 2 - 2013    
Workshop - Acadia University   Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming, "The Photo Book" : March 2nd, 11-4pm.
Wolfville, Nova Scotia   Donigan Cumming’s The Stage (1991) is featured in The Photobook: A History – Volume 2, edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Matthieu Brouillard is the author of Darkness implacable (2011), a monograph of his photographic works.In 2012, they worked closely together on the creation of a two-person exhibition and publication, Coming through the Fog: les rencontres de Matthieu Brouillard et de Donigan Cumming, and their collaboration taught them a great deal more about publishing. Considering the development and significance of the photobook, Brouillard and Cumming will take workshop participants through the steps of editing and creating their own photo book. This one-day workshop begins with a stack of images, scotch tape and brown paper, and ends up with a meaningful sequence and layout, ready for transfer to a digital platform. Along the way, there will be much to talk about as participants share their ideas and respond to each other’s work. The ideal workshop participant is someone with images that they want to share and a passion for photo books.



March 1 - April 19 - 2013        
Acadia University Art Gallery        
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Coming Through the Fog:
les rencontres de Matthieu Brouillard et de Donigan Cumming
Vernissage 19:00, March 1. Artists present
    Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming,
“The Photo Book”:  March 2nd, 11-4pm
"La couleur des jours" Monographie review Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming
Coming Through the Fog
les rencontres de Matthieu Brouillard et de Donigan Cumming FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal.
Ciel variable #92 p.82
        Ciel Variable (text only)




Fall 2012    

Reissued in paperback

Martha Langford ,Scissors, Paper, Stone:
Expressions of Memory In Contemporary Photographic Art

Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press

Excerpt from Martha Langford,
Scissors, Paper, Stone:
Expressions of Memory In Contemporary Photographic Art

(Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007), 59-61

October 2012            
Anthology Film Archives,   New York, video   Program over 2 nights    
Donigan Cumming:
October 25

- After Brenda
- Erratic Angel

October 26
- if only I
- My Dinner with Weegee
- 3

Launch: Wednesday, October 17 at 5pm
at Librairie Formats 2, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, espace 302, Montréal (Québec) H2X 1K4 - Metro Saint-Laurent
Tel.:514 842 3984

For over thirty years, Donigan Cumming has explored the social and ethical implications of the observational image with an “improvised community” of apparently marginal Montreal figures to unsettling effect. His work constitutes an ongoing analysis of the manufactured naturalism of social documentary photography and the subjects it purports to witness and describe. Rooted in the photographic image, his work spans various media from video and installation to drawing and collage.


Depuis plus de trente ans, Donigan Cumming explore, avec des résultats troublants, les incidences sociales et éthiques de l’image observationnelle au moyen d’une « communauté improvisée » qui se compose de personnages montréalais apparemment marginaux. L’oeuvre de Cumming constitue une analyse suivie du naturalisme artificiel de la photographie documentaire sociale et des sujets dont elle prétend témoigner et qu’elle décrit. Son oeuvre, bien qu’ancrée dans l’image photographique, embrasse différents médiums : vidéo, installation, dessin et collage.


Dazibao and VU present the series MONOGRAPHIE, a collection of indispensable volumes on contemporary image practices in Quebec.       Dazibao et VU présentent la collection MONOGRAPHIE, un répertoire des incontournables de la pratique actuelle de l’image au Québec.

September 2012        
Musée du quai Branly   in the exhibition   Cheveux chéris, frivolités et trophées
18 September 2012 to 14 July 2013, Paris, France     Untitled (August 29, 1991), detail from the installation Harry's Diary, extract from the series Pretty Ribbons

March 2012        
Matthieu Brouillard & Donigan Cumming       COMING THROUGH THE FOG

Coming Through the Fog
Les rencontres de Matthieu Brouillard et de Donigan Cumming
Galerie FOFA, Montreal

"To encounter the work of Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming is to encounter ghosts. Haunts littered with the detritus of hard living, blemished with the effects of a society that has failed them, the ghosts are naked, stripped of clothes and of possessions, squatting the crevices of undergrounds almost void of human presence. Some are barely visible, while others are long dead.

Photography brings them out of the shadows, evidences their presence in the face of the threat of their vanishing.
Brouillard and Cumming are witnesses to a series of presents now past and the spectral traces that have collected in absence."

Erin Silver


February 2012        
Workshop, École de Photographie de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland       13-17 February






November 2011        
  Pleasure Dome   CineCycle, 129 Spadina Av. Toronto, Ont. Canada

Screening Program:
Fountain (2005),
Petit Jésus (1999),
Cold Harbor (2003),
Pencils, Ashes, Matches & Dust (2009),
Monument (2008), 3 (2007),
Too Many Things (2010)

    Book launch and screening
Saturday, November 5: 7:00 pm
Book Launch; 8:00 pm






























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