Fonds PR3329 - Wally Houn fonds

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Wally Houn fonds

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    • 1974-2008 (Création/Production)

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    3881 photographs : negatives. - 2500 photographs : b&w and col. - 1 videocassette (6 min., 56 sec.). - 1 video disc (3 min.). - .1 m or textual material

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    Wally Houn was born as Quon Woy Tien on December 12, 1943 near Canton in Guandong Province, China. In 1953, Houn immigrated to Medicine Hat and lived with his grandfather, Ben Quon, who was the owner of a restaurant. Houn came to Canada with false identification papers in order to support his family in China. When the Canadian government granted amnesty to illegal immigrants in 1967, Houn was able to use his birth name but chose to remain Wally Houn with his birth name added as middle names.

    Houn attended post-secondary education at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Mount Royal College in Calgary, and the University of Calgary. After graduation, Houn taught English in public schools in Swift Current, Nobleford, Edmonton, Hussar, and Strathmore until retiring in 1996.

    Houn first became interested in photography as a junior high school student and developed it as a hobby. In the late 1970s, when Houn was living and teaching in Hussar, he became interested in documentary photography and began photographing people and places in Hussar. This work was eventually exhibited in Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon and led to more photography work for the 75th anniversary of Alberta in 1980 and a national exhibition of the Hussar project.

    Since then, Houn has worked as an actor and is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists.

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    The fonds consists of negatives, photographs, and other material created by Wally Houn as part of his Hussar, Alberta photo-documentary project and other photography projects. Examples of Houn's acting career are also included.

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    The material was donated by Wally Houn in 2008 and 2009.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Includes accessions PR2009.0630 and PR2009.0778.

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