Part art history, part road trip, and detective story, Album Rock began when Matthew Hollett
stumbled across an intriguing photograph from the 1850’s on the website of the
Corner Brook Museum and Archives.
Paul-Emile Miot was one of the first photographers to visit
Newfoundland. His photo Rocher peint par
les marins fancais (Rock painted by French Sailors) show the
word Album painted on a prominent
rock in Sacred Bay, On Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. Over 160 years
later, the landmark is still known as Album Rock. But what’s the story behind
this curious scene? And who are the sailors posing on the rock?
A lively and insightful work of creative nonfiction and
poetry, Album Rock touches on the
history of photography in Newfoundland, Miot’s travels around the French Shore,
and the power of naming in shaping our perceptions of a place. It’s also a
celebration of curiosity and joy of delving into the mystery of a peculiar