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School of Image Arts

Ryerson Image Centre: Peter Higdon Research Centre

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) has a collection of 160,000 slides, films, and media presentations, as well as nearly 3000 photographic prints illustrating the history of art and photography across three centuries.


The Black Star Collection

Assembled over a period of eighty years at the Black Star photo agency in New York City, the photographs in the Black Star Collection describe the personalities, events and conflicts of the twentieth century. In 2005, the Black Star Collection was gifted to Ryerson University by an anonymous donor. In receiving this gift, the university has been entrusted with preserving these photographs and making them accessible to the public through exhibition and publication.

The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University includes more than a quarter of a million photographs created by more than 6,000 different image-makers, many of them acknowledged as individuals who helped define picture journalism as it evolved throughout the twentieth century. Working collaboratively in New York City with the founders and editors of weekly magazines, including LifeLook and the Saturday Evening Post, these photographers established the norms of the published photo-essay. When picture magazines decreased in number, and as clients shifted first to colour and then to digital imagery, the black and white component of the agency’s operations found itself in less commercial demand. At the same time, however, it was assuming increasing importance as an historical archive and visual record, and as a collection of unanticipated artistic significance.



Image Arts (IMA) Technical Operations: 

Equipment Cage /Studio and Lab Booking

To see a list of equipment and reserve/sign out equipment, please see the

School of Image Arts - Technical Operations Handbook

Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext 6845 / 6867



The Ryerson Library

The Ryerson library provides students with access to hundreds of books, journals, film and video, and on-line academic databases. Through the RACER interlibrary loan system, Ryerson students also have access to material from research libraries throughout North America.



Ryerson Graduate Student Travel Funding - Yeates School of Graduate Studies

The Ryerson Graduate Student Travel Fund is intended to encourage graduate students to present their research at a regional, national or international conference or equivalent academic event. The President’s Office, The Office of Vice President Research and Innovation and the Yeates School of Graduate Studies fund this initiative.



Ryerson Student Union - Graduate Travel Grant

The travel grant program is intended to assist graduate students with costs associated with travel, accommodations, and conference registration related to their academic work. Submission of this application can take place before or after attending the conference.