Pierre Tremblay: Black Star Subject – Canada
January 22 – April 13, 2014
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall
Guest Curator: Don Snyder
This is a safe country, the photographs seem to say: spacious, open and welcoming, rich in resources, its people industrious and friendly.
This image of Canada served many purposes, particularly during the long years of the Cold War, when photographers affiliated with the Black Star Photo Agency made many of the photographs that defined this image and carried it outward to the world.
Pierre Tremblay: Black Star Subject – Canada displays every one of the 1853 photographs filed under this heading in the Black Star Collection at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly 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.
Selected by Don Snyder and displayed on The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre) Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, these images will be on public view in their entirety for the first time in the history of the Black Star Collection, and will form a visual counterpoint to the concurrent exhibitions by Robert Burley (Main Gallery) and Philip Bergerson (University Gallery).
Pierre Tremblay and Don Snyder
Wednesday, March 12
Daily 2:30 PM
All events take place at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre), unless otherwise noted
Artist and Curator Bios
Interdisciplinary artist Pierre Tremblay is an Associate Professor in the School of Image Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). He teaches in the Film and the MFA Documentary Media programs. His artistic practice, combining new technologies and video, questions the world in flux, how we see and perceive. Recent projects include 300 Days of Indulgence – Negotiating with the Beyond, Continuum and Portraits in a Sentence. Exhibitions of recent note include Meta Incognita, at The Photographers’s Gallery – The Wall, London, England, Dans la nuit des images, at the Grand Palais, Paris, and le Mois de la Photo 2009, Montreal, along with festival screenings in Canada, Italy, Australia, China and Brazil. His work can be found in France at the Musee Carnavalet, Bibliotheque Nationale and the Musee Rodin. In his role at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Tremblay has facilitated conferences and edited books that have brought scholars and artists from Ontario, Quebec and France together for cross-cultural exchange on a variety of new media topics.
Don Snyder studied photography with Walker Evans at Yale and Minor White in the graduate program at MIT. He was the first Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art, where he presented exhibitions of many photographers associated with Black Star, Life, or Magnum, including Bruce Davidson, Eugene Richards, Inge Morath and Bill Burke. At Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) he established the Image Arts (IMA) Gallery at 80 Spadina Avenue, now celebrating its 22nd year, and he was twice Chair of the School of Image Arts. Snyder was also instrumental in the founding of Function, the School's annual publication of student work, essays and interview.
Recent curatorial projects have included exhibitions of work by photographers James Karales, Clemens Kalischer and Martin Weinhold; recent lectures have included presentations at the 2011- AAO Conference in Thunder Bay, at Le Fresnoy in France (2012) and the University of Quebec in Montreal, and at the A&A Lecture Series at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre), both in 2013.