Louise Abbott is a professional writer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She is a partner in Rural Route Communications (www.ruralroutecommunications.com), a small audio-visual production company, and the president of an artists' cooperative that runs a gallery and cultural centre called Studio Georgeville (www.studiogeorgeville.com).
She has dedicated most of her career to exploring the culture, heritage, and natural environment of rural and indigenous communities in Canada and abroad as well as the social and environmental challenges facing these communities.
She is the author of seven books, including Memphrémagog: An Illustrated History (2 volumes, 2017), Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree (2010), and The Heart of the Farm: A History of Barns and Fences in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (2008).
She has participated in photography exhibitions in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Her photographs are found in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, the McCord Museum, the Edmonton Art Gallery, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. They have also been published in more than thirty photo books, such as Children in Photography—150 Years, Montréal au XXe siècle, Regards du Québec, Hivers, and Une Histoire des Québécoises en Photos.
Abbott has directed numerous documentary films, including Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story (2014), which was a finalist in the Best Documentary Short category at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and won the Best Film by an Established Filmmaker Award at the Jasper Film Festival.
Abbott recently finished a documentary called Driving into the Past: A History of Covered Bridges in Quebec. She holds a CALQ grant to produce documentaries about three Townships artists and is also working on two other documentaries—one about the history and contemporary role of the Ayer's Cliff Fair and the other about the restoration of a historic round barn in Mansonville (https://vimeo.com/304857135).