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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

PIERRE TREMBLAY – BLACK STAR SUBJECT: CANADA
January 22 – April 13, 2014
Guest Curated by Don Snyder
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall

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This is a safe country, the photographs seem to say: spacious, open and welcoming, rich in resources, its people industrious and friendly.

This image of Canada served many purposes, particularly during the long years of the Cold War, when photographers affiliated with the Black Star Photo Agency made many of the photographs that defined this image and carried it outward to the world.

Pierre Tremblay – Black Star Subject: Canada displays every one of the 1853 photographs filed under this heading in the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University: images of agriculture, mining, and industry; of every province and all major cities; images of Prime Ministers from Mackenzie King to John Turner; images of a nation undergoing unprecedented growth, defining itself in an era that led inevitably to globalization.

Selected by Don Snyder and displayed on the Ryerson Image Centre Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, these images will be on public view in their entirety for the first time in the history of the Black Star Collection, and will form a visual counterpoint to the concurrent exhibitions by Robert Burley (Main Gallery) and Philip Bergerson (University Gallery).

Black Star Subject: Canada

Image Caption: Photographer unknown, Glenn Gould, St. Louis, Missouri, 1957, gelatin silver print. Reproduction from the Black Star Collection. BS.2005.159012 / 95-321

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