The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection
Comprising nearly 25,000 photographs of Canadian subject matter from the New York Times Photo Archive, the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection was promised to The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre) by real estate entrepreneur Chris Bratty in 2017. The collection represents diverse aspects of Canadian life and history in the 20th century, including political events, wartime conflicts, travel photographs, and portraits of notable and everyday Canadians. Both published and unpublished, the press prints were produced by Times’ staff photographers as well as other newspaper and freelance photojournalists, international wire services, private corporations, and Canadian government agencies. The variety of media and retouching techniques in the collection reflect the technical developments in news photography over the 20th century.