Lunney, Gar

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Lunney, Gar

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February 27, 1920 - March 23, 2016


Gar Lunney was a Canadian photographer and sailor. He was born on February 27, 1920 in Winnipeg, MB. Gar began his career as a photographer with the Winnipeg Tribune before serving as an Able Seaman and Quarter Master aboard the Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS Prince Robert from 1940-1945, during World War II. After the war, in 1950, he joined the Still Photography Division of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), which existed from 1939 until 1984. There, he documented Royal tours, took portraits of famous Canadians, and photographed landscapes, industries, and people in their everyday lives from every corner of the country. He left the NFB in 1964. In 1969, he married Anne Grete, a Danish woman he met in Montreal while he was based in Ottawa. Gar was a founder of the National Press Club in Ottawa. In 1970, he left Ottawa and moved to Vancouver, beginning a career as a freelance photographer specializing in photojournalism and annual reports. He was a longtime photographer for BC Packers Limited. Gar earned many awards for his photorgaphy, which appeared in the former Weekend magazine and the Beautiful British Columbia magazine, among others. His photography can also be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. He and Anne spent their years together living in Vancouver as long-time members of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Gar worked as a freelance photographer until his retirement. He passed away on March 23, 2016.


Winnipeg, MB
Ottawa, ON

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Catalogued May 2023.



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