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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

LECTURES & EVENTS ARCHIVE

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John Morris: Get the Picture
October 12, 2011
Ryerson University

Journalist John Godfrey Morris (1916) has spent a lifetime editing photographs for magazines and newspapers, working with hundreds of photographers, among them the great names of 20th century photography. He worked for the weekly picture magazine Life throughout World War II. As LIFE's London Picture Editor he was responsible for the coverage of the invasion of France on June 6, 1944 – D-Day, thus editing the historic photos of Robert Capa. After the war he became successively the Picture Editor of the U.S. monthly Ladies’ Home Journal, Executive Editor of Magnum Photos, Assistant Managing Editor for Graphics of The Washington Post and Picture Editor of The New York Times. In 1983 he moved to Paris, as the European correspondent of National Geographic. Now a freelance writer and editor, his primary concern is working for peace.

Morris’ lecture will address his work as a photo editor for over 6 decades. In addition to speaking about memorable photo-essays and the numerous publications for whom he worked, Morris will also speak about several Black Star photographers which he knew personally.

The lecture is made possible with the generous support of the Paul J. Ruhnke Memorial Fund.

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Edward Burtynsky: Oil – Symposium

Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7, 2011

Ryerson University

The Ryerson Image Centre presents a symposium in conjunction with Edward Burtynsky: Oil which brings together top scientific and arts industry experts for two days of discussion about essential issues of oil, planetary sustainability, and the energy options available to us, from both the scientific and aesthetic points of view.

The symposium is made possible with the generous support of the Nicholas Metivier Gallery.

Archived video from the symposium:

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Black Star and the Civil Rights Movement

February 16, 2011 

Ryerson University

The Ryerson Image Centre presents “Black Star and the Civil Rights Movement,” a lively discussion with Bob Fitch and Matt Herron. Fitch has been recognized for his photographs of day-to-day Civil Rights Movement events and his extensive documentation of peace and social justice activities in the 1960s and ’70s. Herron, is a photojournalist and documentary photographer who organized the Southern Documentary Project — one of the more important bodies of documentary images from the Civil Rights era. The discussion is moderated by Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph, the Association of Black Photographers, in London, England, and curator of the upcoming exhibition “Human Rights and Human Wrongs” (January – April 2013).



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Towards Forever…an Indigenous Art Historical Worldview
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ryerson University

 Steven Loft, curator, theorist, writer, National Visiting Trudeau Fellow at Ryerson University and Scholar-in-Residence at the Ryerson Image Centre, presents his inaugural lecture, “Towards Forever…..an Indigenous Art Historical Worldview,” at Ryerson University. Loft’s lecture addresses how we must create radical, critical and culturally dynamic dialogue about indigenous cultural sovereignty as we develop a new approach to art history from the perspective of indigenous cultures.

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Photographing an Era: The ‘60s & ‘70s
Pickerell | Schapiro | Ward

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Ryerson University

The 1960s and 1970s were defined by photojournalism. Presidents, world leaders and celebrities world-wide opened doors to photojournalists and allowed unparalleled access to their family lives, homes, offices and movie sets.

Join us for a lively panel discussion with four photographers from these captivating decades. Dennis Brack, James Pickerell, Steve Schapiro and Fred Ward will discuss capturing historical events such as the Vietnam War, the civil-rights movement, mass political rallies and the Kennedy era.

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KODAK LECTURE SERIES | CONTACT LECTURE SERIES

The Kodak Lecture Series (1975 – 2009) was an international lecture series programmed by the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. This unique program featured over 200 photo-based artists, filmmakers, curators, writers and theorists discussing their work in front of an audience made up of the city's cultural community.

Since 1975, all of the lectures have been audio taped and are held in the collections of Ryerson Image Centre for reference. Beginning in 2003 the lectures have also been videotaped and are available online.

Since 2009, the lecture series has been know as the CONTACT Lecture Series, co-presented by the Ryerson Image Centre, the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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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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