at the beginning

I was a young child when the Ground was broken for the University of Calgary Campus (at the time, I believe it was just an offshoot of University of Alberta. I remember my parents and all of their friends discussing it, and how good it would be for our city.

My dad, R. John Matthews, was a professional photographer in this city; along with my grandfather and my uncle, they owned and operated Matthews Studio and Photo Lab.

My dad did a lot of commercial work, and worked for CANA Construction, who were the contracted company building the UofC.

Over the years, my dad did all the 'progress' shots of campus, for each building as it went up, from beginning to completion.

Some of his photos are now archived in the University of Calgary archives, as well as the Glenbow Museum.

Leslie Holmes

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