Michel Lambeth

The Confessions of a Tree Taster

Preface by Michael Torosian


Michel Lambeth (1923-1977) is one of the dominant figures of twentieth century Canadian photography; renowned for both his portrait of Toronto in the 1950s and his photojournalistic work of the 1960s.

Parallel to his career as a photographer was his private pursuit as a writer. The Confessions of a Tree Taster is the memoir of his youth, his discovery of Europe, love and art. It is a rare treasure, revealing the visual artist as master storyteller.

This volume was published in celebration of the Public Archives of Canada’s major retrospective, Michel Lambeth Photographer curated by Michael Torosian.


Composed in Linotype Janson with Perpetua for display and printed on Mohawk Letterpress Text. A previously unpublished self-portrait by Lambeth and one of his finest photographs from the fifties have been printed on gelatin-silver paper and tipped in. The book is further illustrated with facsimiles of a manuscript page and a wood engraving. Quarter bound in natural linen and Canson paper over boards in the uniform style of the series. Thirty-six pages, 6 x 9 inches. Printed in an edition of 26 copies lettered A to Z, retained by the press, and a numbered edition of 150. March 1987. Homage Volume II.


Out of print.