Nova Scotia

Renowned Cape Breton photographer dies

Celebrated photographer Carol Kennedy of North River, Cape Breton, has died after a struggle with cancer.
Carol Kennedy was known for her photography and loved for her attitude. (Submitted)

Celebrated photographer Carol Kennedy of North River, Cape Breton, has died after a struggle with cancer.

Kennedy's work showed in galleries across Canada, in the U.S., England and Switzerland for 42 years.

She was best known for black-and-white and hand-coloured photographs, but had recently moved into digital work.

Her familiar portraits include shots of Rita McNeil, the Rankins, Bette MacDonald and Rawlins Cross, and she established a look for the local music industry through the many prominent album covers she shot.

She was a tireless supporter of Cape Breton culture, and would share her expertise with developing photographers, said Carol Beaton of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

She was much loved for her positive attitude.

"Carol has taught us a great deal about the art of life," said Beaton. "During these past few months, she has taught us so much about living with grace and courage."

In an interview with CBC radio, in the final stages of her battle with cancer, Kennedy said, "People like me because I make them comfortable."

She spoke in that interview about remembering to live life with gratitude, empathy, and love for others and one's self.

"I almost had to pull over to the side of the highway when I heard that," said Beaton.

Carol Kennedy is survived by her husband, Gordon, and two sons.

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