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Edward Burtynsky: Oil

April 9 – August 21, 2011

Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Edward Burtynsky: Oil, is presented by the Ryerson Image Centre, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and Scotiabank Group, hosted at the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto. The exhibition is an examination of one the most important subjects of our time by one of the most respected and recognized contemporary photographers in the world. The exhibition features 53 beautiful and provocative large-format photographs that explore the hotly-debated effects of oil extraction and our international dependency on the substance. With an unflinching eye, Burtynsky presents us with the reality of oil production as its role in our civilization undergoes massive transformation.



Edward Burtynsky: Oil
is curated and organized by Paul Roth, Senior Curator and Director of Photography and Media Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and made possible with the generous support of the Scotiabank Group.

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Images of the Berlin Wall & ‘Freedom Rocks’


Various dates, 2009
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Toronto
Embassy of Canada, Berlin

Library and Archive Canada, Ottawa

Twenty years after its fall, the symbolic weight of the Berlin Wall continues to accompany us as an historical monument to war, politics and painful cultural divisions. In Images of the Berlin Wall Ryerson University remounts the dynamic and moving story of the Wall through a selection of iconic photojournalistic prints from its renowned Black Star Collection. These black and white documents of history are juxtaposed with the contemporary art project, Freedom Rocks by Toronto artists Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics. Their photographs and videos reveal the transformed material existence of the Wall in the slabs and fragments that are today scattered throughout the world.



Images of the Berlin Wall & ‘Freedom Rocks’ is organized by Doina Popescu, Dr. Arne Kislenko and Valérie Matteau.


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50 Years of American Photojournalism: 1939-1989

Various dates, 2008-2009
The Art Gallery at the Embassy of Canada, Washington D.C.
FotoWeek DC


This exhibition, comprised of images from The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, celebrates 50 years of American photojournalism. The images feature significant people and events, and encompass three central categories of the Black Star Collection: the civil rights movement, personalities, and war and conflict.

This expansive collection was assembled at the Black Star photo agency in New York City over a period of 80 years. More than a quarter of a million photographs capture the notable figures, events and conflicts of the 20th century. As a result, these photographs form a complete media record and a compilation of memories that can be passed on to future generations.

50 Years of American Photojournalism: 1939-1989 is curated by Valérie Matteau and Judy Ditner.

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Photo Narratives: Remembering the 20th Century

May 5 – 30,  2008
Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, Toronto

Before the advent of the Internet, online news, and nightly television broadcasts, current and world news were visually conveyed through still images in print.  Whether in newspapers or picture magazines, photographs of news events have, since the 1880s, been used to represent what cannot be expressed merely through words.

The photographs in Photo Narratives: Remembering the 20th Century are drawn from a collection of images, assembled over a period of eighty years at the Black Star photo agency in New York City.  Chosen for this exhibition, these images have been used to form photo-stories of major historical events and developments of the 20th century. 
These photographs act as visual records of our past.  While some may remember their impact when first published in newspapers and magazines, others will be seeing them for the first time.  Regardless, these events, which affected and continue to affect the human psyche have inevitably become etched in our collective memory.

The Hindenburg Zeppelin, the end of World War II, the bombing of Hiroshima, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Birmingham Campaign, the funeral of Malcolm X, the Kent State Massacre, the Vietnam War, the invasion of Cambodia, the building and tearing down of the Berlin Wall, and the Apollo space missions – these events marked the 20th century in ways which seemed inconceivable at the time, and yet now have become integral parts of our world history.

By embracing a structure similar to that of magazine layouts made famous in North America by Life, Look and The Saturday Evening Post, this exhibition returns the photographs to their original visual context, of a photographic sequence that can communicate a story. 

In these visual arrangements, the photographs speak to us without having to rely on extensive text, returning the authority to the images. Accompanied by historical quotes of the day, the photo-stories in the exhibition speak to a Western history of the world in the 20th Century.

Photo Narratives: Remembering the 20th Century is curated by Valérie Matteau.

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The Celebrity Persona: The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University

April 30 – May 25, 2007
Allen Lambert Galleria, BCE Place, Toronto

The exhibition The Celebrity Persona explores the notion of the constructed portrait using photographs from Ryerson’s Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection.  The images in the exhibition speak to the concept of the constructed nature of photographic portrayal while paying particular attention to the staged celebrity persona, as well as the less controlled moments captured by the camera which provide insight into an individual’s personality and character.

The concept of the ‘objective’ image has been fundamental to photojournalism since its early beginnings; through it news is conveyed in a way that would not be possible through the written word.  By delving into areas such as politics, science, music, religion and the arts, and in keeping with the character of the collection, The Celebrity Persona proposes to examine portraiture from the photojournalistic perspective. 

The Celebrity Persona: The Black Star Collection is curated by Valérie Matteau.

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The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University: Highlights

May 7 ­– 27, 2006
Allen Lambert Galleria, BCE Place, Toronto

This exhibition reveals the significance of the collection in documenting the tumultuous global, cultural and political events of the twentieth century. In their totality, the 291,049 prints in this collection describe the personalities, events and conflicts of the twentieth century, from before World War I to Vietnam and beyond, forming a repository of collective global memory. Representing the broad themes held by the collection, this exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to witness some of the century’s defining historic moments and appreciate their continued relevance.

For those who remember these events, the collection serves to confirm their memories and is, in addition, a resource of inestimable value. An immense drama is presented in these pictures with all the clarity of the camera lens, the veracity of the optical enlargement and the immediacy of the hand-held camera. For those who do not remember the events described by the Black Star pictures, and for those in future generations, the collection is an engaging portrait of social change and struggle and a moral lesson of no small significance. The Kennedy and Johnson presidencies in the United States are often seen as a time of great idealism and accomplishment, in stark contrast to racial violence, political assassination and a pointless war; and the photographs bear this out.

The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University: Highlights is curated by Judy Ditner.

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