The McCord Museum is famous for its collection of photographs. The collection started with the Notman Photographic Archives. William Notman (1826-1891) was a pioneer in photography and opened his first photography studio in Montreal in 1856. His sons continued until 1935 under the name William Notman & Son.
William Notman and his sons documented through their work an important part of history. The collection contains now more than a million photos and it keeps growing.