Thierry Gervais is assistant professor at Ryerson University and Head of Research at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), Toronto. He received his PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in 2007. He teaches history of photography and is pursuing research about the use of photography in magazines and the first photoreporters. He has been the editor in chief of Études photographiques from 2007 to 2013 and the author of La photographie. Histoire, technique, presse, art (with Gaëlle Morel, Larousse, 2008). He was co-curator of the exhibitions "Views from Above" (Centre Pompidou-Metz, Spring 2013), "Léon Gimpel (1873-1948), the audacious work of a photographer" (Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Spring 2008), and "L'Événement : les images comme acteurs de l'histoire" (Jeu de Paume, Paris, Winter 2007). He organized the symposia "About Photographic Collections: Definitions, Descriptions, Access" (RIC, 2012) and "The 'Public Life' of Photographs" (RIC, 2013). He is currently working on a book about photographic illustration and the birth of spectacular information.