Forty years ago, in March 1969, I photographed Frank Gurney, an engraver, while we both resided in Edmonton, Alberta. I was a student in photography school. Frank was an independent engraver working from his home. Frank engraved industrial stamping dies, trophies, fine jewelry, semiprecious stones, handguns, rifles and shotguns.
Frank surfaced in the public domain recently, in local newspapers, as the engraver for a replica of the Grey Cup for the Canadian Football League. He was approached to do the job, but was initially regected because his quote was conisidered too high. A few weeks later he was given the job. Then,
receiving Gurney’s engraved copy, the CFL commissioned him to engrave another
I had been toying with the concept of
visiting former works and projects. The news stories of Frank Gurney seemed an
appropriate cue to resurrect the negatives from 1969.