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Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days

May 1 – June 2 and June 19 – August 25, 2013
Guest Curators: Blake Fitzpatrick and John Bentley Mays
University Gallery, The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre)

During his long tenure as Toronto’s ocial photographer (1911-1940), Arthur S. Goss created thousands of images that illustrate in fine detail the Victorian city’s ambitious, but often dicult, re-invention of itself as a modern Canadian metropolis. He has long been best known for his eloquent pictures of slums, destitute immigrants, and other dark elements of this historical passage. This exhibition, aims to reveal a less widely heralded aspect of Goss’ professional work, but one that occupied his time and creative energy more fully than any other: the routinized production of visual documents for the use of various city departments and agencies.




Event(s):

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

All events take place at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre), unless otherwise noted

Presented in collaboration with the City of Toronto

In partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

A lone person walking in between train tracks
Fig. 1

Arthur S. Goss, Bloor Street Viaduct Photographs, General View – Railway Tracks, October 18, 1912. City of Toronto Archives, series 372, subseries 10, item 48

A black and white photo of a newstand
Fig. 2

Arthur S. Goss, News stand, Northeast Corner of Gerrard and Jones, 1937. City of Toronto Archives, series 372, subseries 58, item 1457

A black and white photograph of a telephone poll
Fig. 3

Arthur S. Goss, Telephone Pole, Victoria Lane, March 14, 1912. City of Toronto Archives, series 372, subseries 58, item 105

Exhibition Catalogue

Fig. 1

Front cover of Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days

Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days

Guest Curators: Sarah Bassnett, Blake Fitzpatrick, and John Bentley Mays

This book is the third in a series published by The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre), and accompanies the exhibition Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days, displayed in the University Gallery at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre) from May to June 2 and June 19 to August 25, 2013.

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Installation Shots

A gallery with photos on the wall
Fig. 1

Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days (installation view), 2013 © Eugen Sakhnenko, The Image Centre

A gallery wall with 9 photographs framed and hanging
Fig. 2

Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days (installation view), 2013 © Eugen Sakhnenko, The Image Centre

A gallery wall filled with framed photographs
Fig. 3

Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days (installation view), 2013 © Eugen Sakhnenko, The Image Centre

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Presented in collaboration with the City of Toronto

In partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival