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Gushul Studio to be designated
municipal historic resource
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Gushul Studio in Blairmore could soon be designated a municipal historic resource.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
The Gushul Studio and Cottage could soon be designated a municipal historic resource.
On Feb. 17, council passed a notification of intention to grant the Blairmore landmark historic status after the municipality received an application for the designation from the University of Lethbridge.
According to a University of Lethbridge release, the studio was built in 1920 and served as a home and workspace for prolific photographer Thomas Gushul and his wife Lena and family.
Documents supplied by Fred Bradley, president of the Crowsnest Historical Society, explain that Thomas immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine in 1906 and worked a number of jobs before gradually evolving into one of the most prolific photographers Alberta has ever seen.
Thomas is remembered for taking the first ever 120-degree panoramic shot of Frank Slide, photographing the Hillcrest Mine Disaster and for documenting life in the Pass in the early part of the last century.
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Thomas’ son Evan continued the legacy becoming a respected photographer in his own right. Evan learned the trade at the age of six, set up a photo engraving business in the Pass, was the head photographer for the Lethbridge Agricultural Research Station and was eventually named an Associate of the Photographic Society of America.
Evan passed away last year at the age of 98.
The Gushul collection of over 60,000 images was bequeathed to the Crowsnest Museum.
The studio is owned by the University of Lethbridge and managed by the Gushul Residency Program Committee. Since 1988 it has been offering residences for professional artists and writers. Since 1988, the space has offered over 200 artists, scholars, and other professionals a creative space for the production of their work.
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