Conrad Poirier (born in Montreal July 17, 1912 – died January 12, 1968, in Montreal West) was a Québécois photographer, a pioneer of photojournalism in Quebec.[1]

Conrad Poirier
BornJuly 17, 1912
DiedJanuary 12, 1968(1968-01-12) (aged 55)



Self-taught photographer, Poirier began his career in 1932 with a Speed Graphic, a device that uses a 4 × 5 film, Poirier captures images of sports and cultural events Montréal.[2] In addition, he photographed many famous Quebec personalities of the time.[3] He was a freelance writer and sold his photos to large newspapers: The Gazette, Montreal Standard, La Patrie, La Presse. His customers included thirty Canadian media institutions both in French and English.

Honors and awards


Popular entertainment and leisure places for Montrealers (Belmont Park, the Delorimier Stadium, Montreal Forum, the evenings at the chalet de la Montagne on Mount Royal, the public beaches of Saint Helen's Island and LaSalle), were the subject of several photo essays by Poirier for which he won numerous awards: Grand National Canadian Prize, Canadian Press Prize, Prize of the Association of Photographers of Canada.[2]


  1. ^ (in French) Michel Lessard et collectif d'auteurs, Montréal au XXe siècle, regards de photographes, Éditions de l'Homme, Montréal 1995, 335 pages
  2. ^ a b (in French) Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Poirier Archives Holdings
  3. ^ Robert Lefebvre, The Early And Rare Canadiens Photography Of Conrad Poirier Archived October 20, 2021, at the Wayback Machine, Vox Media, June 5, 2009.