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Kim Ondaatje.

Toronto, Lester & Orpen Dennys, c1982.
195pp, cloth, $35.00.
ISBN 0-88619-016-9.

Reviewed by Joyce Brown.

Volume 11 Number 2.
1983 March.

Kim Ondaatje, a well-known Canadian printmaker, photographer, painter and filmmaker, has won many awards for her work. She was selected as one of twenty-five "outstanding professional women" by the Ontario government during International Women's Year.

The author, in five years criss-crossing Canada, collected hundreds of photographs of little churches—"Unlike cathedrals and large churches which tend to be sophisticated and eclectic-designed by church architects and built and added to over a long period of time—little churches were usually built in a matter of months, out of simple materials, by a few men." These little churches and chapels reflect a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and in many ways are a brief history of Canada.

From this massive collection of photographs was made a selection of 140 black-and-white and colour prints that held a particular fascination and charm for the author. Accompanying each photograph is a brief but lively description of the visual interest of the church or an anecdote or legend associated with it. The information was often given to the author locally or was derived from material she read on the subject. A bibliography accompanies the book.

The photographs are superb. A native spirit house, a church in a Quonset hut, a chapel modelled after an igloo, and a grotto church are examples of the diversities in style and materials.

Small Churches in Canada would appeal to those interested in photography and architecture. It would be of limited value in a high school.

Joyce Brown, Dunsmuir S. S., Victoria, BC.
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