Along with the New Year comes an intriguing medley of photography at The Ryerson Image Centre. Set to launch on January 22, 2014 exhibitions include the examination of disappearing film manufacturing facilities, selections from the RIC and Black Star Collection, cinematic portraits, and more.


Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

Quoted from Burley’s website: this exhibition examines both the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005 and 2010 speak to sites and events related to the key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past thirty years, Burley has been both an observer and a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses the emergence of new technology, which irrevocably changed photography, as well as the abrupt and rapid breakdown of a century-old industry, which embodied the medium’s material culture.

This travelling exhibition is currently featured at The National Gallery Of Canada, George Eastman House, and Musée Nicéphore Niépce until early to mid January 2014. It will be featured at The Ryerson Image Centre until April 13, 2014

Preview the book on these works here, or purchase here.

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Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of The American Dream

Taken from The Ryerson Image Centre website:

Since 1995, Canadian photographer Phil Bergerson has made dozens of extended road-trips, criss-crossing the United States in search of the ‘American Dream’. Drawing upon the social landscape tradition, Bergerson found his material amid the melancholic detritus of the contemporary city: in modest store window displays, hand-painted murals, graffiti, and crudely-made signs. Here is a chaotic urban topography, one fuelled by unmoored dreams, raw desires, commercial fantasies, rampant patriotism, religious fervour, and a smouldering violence. The sumptuous colour photographs elicit a sense of both wonderment and disquiet, and ultimately a yearning for order, for meaning.

Bergerson’s work can also be found at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. His books Shards of America and American Artifacts can be purchased here and here.

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Pierre Tremblay: Black Star Subject: Canada

Taken from The Ryerson Image Centre website:

Pierre Tremblay – Black Star Subject: Canada displays every one of the 1853 photographs filed under the 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.

1386957898083 Glenn Gould in St. Louis Missouri, 1957. 

From the Archive is a series in which special guests are invited to select photographs from the RIC Collection to be displayed in the Great Hall. View the archive in its entirety here.


Elisa Julia Gilmour: Something in Someone’s Eye

According the The Ryerson Image Centre website, Gilmour wishes to “accentuate the spatiality and materiality of time passing.” In her artistic statement, she expresses Something in Someone’s Eye as dealing with “children and adults filmed in a state of contemplation. It is a series of instants where the sitter becomes lost in a moment that alternates between subtle motion and photographic stillness. The installation, placed in a large dark place is made up of five silent rear projected 16mm films that loop continuously. They are projected as a cluster where they engage in visual dialogue through size, luminosity, length and movement.”

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