Meinecke, Gordon

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Meinecke, Gordon

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1930-

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Gordon Meinecke (1930- ) worked as a commercial photographer in Germany and Canada from the mid-1940s to 1996, photographing a range of subjects including portraiture and industrial equipment. He undertook his first photographic apprenticeship in darkroom techniques in Hanover, Germany in 1945, which was quickly followed by an apprenticeship in studio methods. Shortly thereafter, Meinecke began his career as an industrial photographer in Heidelberg, Germany. He emigrated to Canada in the fall of 1951, where he briefly settled in Ottawa, Ontario, working for the Lingard Photography Studio before relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Vancouver, his practice broadened to include a variety of commercial and studio clients, from the food industry to wedding photography. Meinecke opened his own studio, Gordon Meinecke Photography, in Toronto, Ontario in 1971. He worked primarily with a commercial client base during this phase of his career, which included retailers such as Eatons and Electrohome, automobile manufacturers Ford and GM, and food production company General Foods. Although Meinecke retired from professional photography and closed his studio in 1996, he is currently a member of the Photographic Historical Society of Canada and continues to be an active member of Toronto’s photographic community.

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