Skip to main content

Friends trying to reassemble Camille Maheux's photography after death in Old Montreal fire

Share

Of those who perished in the major Old Montreal fire, 76-year-old Camille Maheux is the only one who has been identified to date.

The photographer and cinematographer moved into the building more than 30 years ago.

Suzanne Girard met Maheux in 1975 and the two shared a love of snapping pics.

"She was a very good photographer," said Girard. "She was a very good camerawoman. She had the eye."

Most of Maheux's life work is now gone, adding to the tragedy.

"Everything went with her, her archives, her photos, her negatives," said Girard.

Maheux's images have been featured in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Canada.

Camille Maheux's photo of Montreal Pride in the 1990s. Friends are trying to reassemble her work after she perished along with her photos and negatives in the Old Montreal fire. SOURCE: Suzanne Girard

Friends from the photographer's world travels are now trying to build back her collection.

"People are phoning from France, from Spain, from Italy, from Brazil," said Girard, who has some of Maheux's photos from past Montreal Pride parades, where she photographed the event for four years in the 1990s.

Camille Maheux's photo of Montreal Pride in the 1990s. Friends are trying to reassemble her work after she perished along with her photos and negatives in the Old Montreal fire. SOURCE: Suzanne Girard

Going through archives of Maheux's work is bringing back positive memories for Girard despite the heartbreaking current reality.

"It's all these good memories right now because I have something of hers, you know, I sort of put it in the back of my mind the circumstance," she said.

Camille Maheux's photo of Montreal Pride in the 1990s. Friends are trying to reassemble her work after she perished along with her photos and negatives in the Old Montreal fire. SOURCE: Suzanne Girard

A second crane is now on the scene to help remove debris from the site, and rescue crews say it will speed up recovery efforts and hopefully end the agonizing wait for families and friends of those loved ones who are still missing.

Once the scene is cleared, Girard wants to honour her late friend and her work properly. 

Camille Maheux's photo of Montreal Pride in the 1990s. Friends are trying to reassemble her work after she perished along with her photos and negatives in the Old Montreal fire. SOURCE: Suzanne Girard

CTVNews.ca Top Stories

Baseball legend Willie Mays has died at 93

Willie Mays, the electrifying 'Say Hey Kid' whose singular combination of talent, drive and exuberance made him one of baseball's greatest and most beloved players, has died. He was 93.

Strange monolith pops up in Nevada desert

Jutting out of the rocks in a remote mountain range near Las Vegas, the strange monolith imitates the vast desert landscape surrounding the mountain peak where it has been erected.

Stay Connected