First Son: Portraits by C.D. Hoy

First Son: Portraits by C.D. Hoy (1999-2005) is an exhibition of 81 framed photographs and accompanying text panels. The exhibition was expanded from an earlier incarnation of 21 images that was shown at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver in 1998. The photographs are contemporary prints from the original negatives, exposed and processed by photographer, Chow Dong Hoy circa 1910 in the towns of Barkerville and Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada. The show was organized by Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver with the support of Barkerville Historic Town. The exhibition travelled between 1999 and 2017 to these places:

  • Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau QC
  • Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam BC
  • Kamloops Museum, Kamloops BC
  • McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montreal QC
  • St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax NS
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff AB
  • Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook NF
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
  • Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River BC
  • Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina SK
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg MB
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
  • Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC
  • The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA
  • The Quesnel and District Museum and Archives, Quesnel
  • Contemporary Calgary (excerpts)


Faith Moosang’s original research won the Canadian Museums Association Award for Best Canadian Research of 2001.



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