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Lorraine Monk (Lorraine Althea Constance Spurrell) was born on 26 May, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is a photographer. Discover Lorraine Monk’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 98 years old?

Popular As Lorraine Althea Constance Spurrell
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Age 98 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born 26 May 1922
Birthday 26 May
Birthplace Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date of death (2020-12-17) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Nationality Canada

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Monk died on December 17, 2020, at a nursing home in Toronto, Ontario. She was aged 98.


Monk was a member of the board of the Roloff Beny Foundation starting in 1998. In this position she helped create an annual prize for the best photo book, which was discontinued in 2004.


Some of Monk’s notable award winning photobooks included Photographs that Changed the World (1989) and Canada: These Things We Hold Dear (1999). Some of the photographers whom she encouraged through her career included Thaddeus Holownia, John Max, Freeman Patterson, Nina Raginsky, John Reeves, and John de Visser.


Monk would leave Ottawa to move to Toronto in 1980, where she would continue to organize photography exhibitions and produce photo books. In 1985, she helped establish the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Toronto with satellite museums in other cities.

In the 1980s, Monk lost money to fraudster Albert Rosenberg, nicknamed Yorkville Swindler, who promised returns on reselling a Picasso painting only to defraud her. This incident would impact her negatively, and she would later say in a court hearing that she had considered death by suicide due to this incident.


Monk’s first marriage to Lloyd Hackwell ended in divorce after the birth of their daughter, after which she moved back with her parents who took care of the daughter when she worked. When she moved to Ottawa, she married John Monk, with whom she had gone to university at McGill University. John had returned injured from having fought in World War II. In order to support John through law school at Osgoode Hall Law School, Lorraine took on a job at the Department of National Defence, researching the history of the Royal Canadian Navy. The couple had two sons and a daughter, author Karyn Monk, and were married until John’s death in 1979. In 2010 Monk married Daniel Fernandez, a music composer.


Monk’s photo book, Between Friends / Entre Amis (1976), was designed as Canada’s gift to the United States for the United States Bicentennial in 1976. Monk accompanied then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to hand over the gift to then US President Gerald Ford in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 262-page photo book documented the life, scenes, and people, from both sides of the shared border between the two countries. Anna Porter, editor-in-chief at McClelland & Stewart, the publishing house that published much of Monk’s works, complimented her on her judgement, and went on to say that Between Friends / Entre Amis (1976), “became the gift book of the decade”.


Many of her books were recipients of awards, including Canada (1975) which was the recipient of the silver medal at the Leipzig Book Fair, and Between Friends (1976) which won the gold medal at the Leipzig Book Fair.


For her contributions in documenting contemporary history of the country and her encouragement of a generation of photographers, she was first made Member of the Order of Canada (1973) and later made Officer of the Order of Canada (1983). She was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and Order of Ontario (2007).

In 1973, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada “for the standard of excellence she has set in the publication and exhibition of photography and for the support she has given to young photographers”. She was promoted to Officer in 1983. In 2007, she was awarded the Order of Ontario for having “brought acclaim to Ontario through her contributions as a photographer”. She was also awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. In 1982, she received an honorary degree from York University and another from Carleton University.


In 1960, Monk was made the executive producer of the Photo Services at the NFB, whose name she would later go on to change to Still Photography Division. The group had a mandate to provide photographs to various government departments. Over a period of time, she would move away from in-house photographers and look to freelance photographers who would be commissioned for works. She and others at the Still Photography Division grew frustrated with what Payne calls the “cheerful didacticism” of NFB production at the time, arguing in favour of a more documentary-oriented style of photography. She inaugurated the NFB Photo Gallery in Ottawa in 1967, which was Canada’s first photo gallery dedicated to contemporary Canadian photography. She also started a program of touring photography exhibitions that toured both Canada and internationally.


Monk started her career in Ottawa, where she worked for the government, writing the history of the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. In 1957, she joined the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to write captions for their photo stories. These photos would be used in newspapers and magazines across the world.


She was the first in her family to complete a university education when she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and sociology in 1944, with honours in sociology; and a Master of Arts degree in 1946 from McGill University. Her MA thesis was titled The Sociology of Art. She dropped out of her doctorate program because she fell ill with tuberculosis.


Lorraine Althea Constance Monk OC OOnt D.Litt. (née Spurrell; May 26, 1922 – December 17, 2020) was a Canadian photographer and executive producer with the National Film Board of Canada who led the production of multiple photography projects chronicling Canadian culture from the 1960s onward. She worked to establish the Canadian Museum of Photography in Toronto, which spawned multiple satellite museums across the country. Over 160,000 of the photographs that she commissioned to detail contemporary Canada are housed at the National Gallery of Canada. She also led the publication of photography books including Canada: A Year of the Land, Call Them Canadians, Canada with Love, Between Friends (which was Canada’s gift to the United States on its bicentennial in 1976), and Photographs that Changed the World.

Lorraine Althea Constance Spurrell was born on May 26, 1922, in Montreal to Eileen Marion (née Nurse) and Edwin Spurrell. Both her parents were from Newfoundland and Labrador, and had relocated to Quebec. Her father was a cod fisherman who had fought in World War I. Her mother was the niece of the then Archbishop of Newfoundland and was raised in his house.