Centenarian photographer celebrated for her images of Saskatchewan's elderly farm women. Article by Paul Gessell, Galleries West Magazine
Thelma Pepper, "Thankfulness," 1985 gelatin silver print, 15" x 15" (collection of the University of Saskatchewan)
By the time she was 14, Thelma Stevens was a pro in the darkroom, printing her father's photographs in Kingston, N.S. But it took another half century for the woman now known as Thelma Pepper to start working seriously on her own projects, often about elderly Saskatchewan farm women, and exhibiting them to acclaim in Canada and beyond.
Now, at age 100, this remarkable photographer is drawing renewed attention with both a hardcover book that was released this fall and an exhibition scheduled to open Feb. 13 at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.