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2022 Events at RIC


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Winter 2022

Tanenbaum Lecture: Vince Aletti

“The best fashion magazines are eye-opening collections of smart, avant-garde photography and art. I wanted to open more eyes.”  – Vince Aletti

For decades, renowned author and photo critic Vince Aletti has accumulated one of the largest private collections of fashion magazines in North America. Join The Image Centre (formerly known as Ryerson Image Centre) Director Paul Roth and Aletti in conversation as they discuss his most recent publication, Issues (Phaidon, 2019), which features select seminal issues from his archive. He will speak about the history of photography within this medium, explore the intersection of art and commerce, and describe how photographers from outside of the fashion world influenced the magazines they appeared in. 

Vince Aletti is a writer, curator, collector and critic whose work can be found in Aperture, Art + Auction, Photograph, Artforum and Vogue Italia. Formerly a music critic for Rolling Stone, Aletti went on to be the art editor of the Village Voice from 1994–2005 and the paper’s photo critic for twenty years, after which reviewed photography exhibitions for The New Yorker. He has published extensively on the impact of fashion magazines on the history of photography, and won the International Center of Photography’s prestigious Infinity Award for writing in 2005. His most recent book is Issues: A History of Photography in Fashion Magazines (Phaidon, 2019). 

March 2
7 pm ET


Online via Zoom 


Spring/Summer 2022

Artist Talk: Chris Donovan

Join documentary photographer Chris Donovan and The Image Centre (formerly known as Ryerson Image Centre) Director Paul Roth, as they discuss his series The Cloud Factory, on view May18–June 18, 2022 in The Image Centre’s Student Gallery.

Named Canadian Photojournalist of the Year for 2017 and 2018, Donovan has focused his work on the wealth divide and the dynamic between industry and communities. The Cloud Factory lays bare the impact of an oil company and its control over the Saint John community, where the child poverty rate is almost double the national average. Donovan intimately photographs working class families and their homes, juxtaposed against the industrial landscape and pollution that surrounds them. With his genuine and humanistic approach, he earns the trust to tell their stories and, by extension, the hidden story of a place where environmental classism runs rampant.

Chris Donovan is a documentary photographer based between Toronto and New Brunswick. Hailing from the city of Saint John, his practice focuses on the intersection of community and industry. The Cloud Factory, in the making for ten years, is his graduating thesis exhibition for his MFA in the Documentary Media Program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

His work has been awarded the Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award, and was featured in a group exhibition produced in partnership with The Image Centre and the National Gallery of Canada in 2021. He has also been awarded a coveted World Press Photo Award, the Environmental Vision Award (University of Missouri), and the Ian Parry Scholarship, and most recently, TMU’s Student Gallery Production Award – In memory of George Fleischmann. Donovan’s photographs have appeared in group shows in more than 40 countries and across Canada, including at the National Gallery of Canada.

May 18
12 pm

Artist Talk

Online via Zoom
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Since 1839... Book Launch: Clément Chéroux

Since 1839...Eleven Essays on Photography presents a selection of texts by renowned photography historian Dr. Clément Chéroux. These seminal writings, newly translated into English and published together in one volume for the first time, address a variety of topics, from the history of vernacular photography to the influence of documentary photography on Surrealism. Join Dr. Thierry Gervais, the The Image Centre’s (formerly known as Ryerson Image Centre) head of research, for a conversation with Dr. Chéroux about this latest release of the scholarly imprint co-published by The Image Centre and MIT Press. Together, they will discuss the unique case studies and untold stories of photography illuminated in the pages of Dr. Chéroux’s engaging book. Following their discourse, the two scholars will engage the public in the conversation, taking questions from our online audience.

About the Author

Dr. Clément Chéroux
was appointed as Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York in 2020. He is a photography historian with a PhD in art history from University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. His past positions include chief curator of photography at the Centre Pompidou, Paris and senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From 1996 to 2013, he held key positions for the publication Études photographiques. He has curated more than 30 exhibitions and authored or edited more than 40 books and catalogues about photography and its histories.

About the Editor

Dr. Thierry Gervais is associate professor at Toronto Metropolitan University and head of research at The Image Centre (formerly known as Ryerson Image Centre). He was the editor-in-chief of Études photographiques from 2007 to 2013 and is the author of numerous articles on photojournalism in peer-reviewed journals and
scholarly publications. He has organized several symposia at The Image Centre, where he launched The Image Centre Books series in 2016, in partnership with MIT Press. His current research focuses on retouched press photographs.

May 31
7 pm

RIC Book Launch

Online via Zoom
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Curators in Conversation: Sébastien Lifshitz and Gaëlle Morel

French guest curator, filmmaker and collector Sébastien Lifshitz, has amassed a treasure trove of enigmatic images over the past 30 years, a selection of which are now on view in his exhibition Mauvais Genre/Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers at The Image Centre (formerly known as Ryerson Image Centre). Join Lifshitz and The Image Centre Exhibitions Curator, Gaëlle Morel, as they discuss his collection and the ongoing exhibition, on view through August 6. 

Lifshitz began his photography collection as a teenager, rummaging through Parisian flea markets on the weekends for lost pictures forsaken by others, particularly those of anonymous subjects participating in the act of cross-dressing. Feeling a sense of intrigue and personal connection to the secretive, marginalized lives of those portrayed, Lifshitz began an active pursuit to expand upon this collection. Sourcing images from flea markets, garage sales, junk shops and eBay, from across the United States and Europe, the filmmaker was able to uncover the hidden practice of cross-dressing through the ages, dating back from the 1880s–1980s. 

Mauvais Genre/Under Cover offers a a fascinating historical precedent to today’s diverse queer and trans spectrum, and looks toward a future where self-representation and freedom of choice are not just celebrated, but actively encouraged.

About the Curator

After studying art history, Sébastien Lifshitz began working in the world of contemporary art in 1990, assisting curator Bernard Blistène at the Centre Georges-Pompidou, and French photographer Suzanne Lafont. In 1994, he turned to filmmaking and is known for titles such as Wild Side, Little Girl and Adolescents. Since then, his critically acclaimed films have been featured in numerous international festivals, including Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand (France), winning awards like the Prix Jean Vigo, the Kodak Award for Best Short Film, the Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Award and the Queer Palm. Mauvais Genre is the first exhibition curated by Lifshitz and is accompanied by a book of the same name, published by French publisher Textuel (2016).

June 8
12 pm

Curator Talk

Online via Zoom
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Artist and Curator in Conversation: Sunil Gupta and Mark Sealy

Join pioneering community artist Sunil Gupta and Director of Autograph (UK) Dr. Mark Sealy, OBE, as they discuss From Here to Eternity. Sunil Gupta, A Retrospective, on view through August 6 at The Image Centre (formerly known as Ryerson Image Centre).

Gupta and Sealy will discuss their collaboration as artist and curator to organize and contextualize Gupta’s long and influential career in photography. The artist’s autobiographical narratives capture his experiences as a gay man of colour living in Canada, the U.S., England, and his birthplace, India. Gupta and Sealy will reveal insights into the selection of works on display, spanning the 1970s to 2010s, and audience members will be invited to think critically about the relationship between identity, representation, community, sexuality, and freedoms.

Gupta and Sealy will also review their award winning photography book From Here to Eternity (Autograph, 2020), which accompanies the exhibition. Longtime colleagues, the two have been in dialogue for 30 years as key innovators in the rich photography community of the United Kingdom.

About the Artist

Sunil Gupta (b. 1953, India/Canada/UK) was educated at the Royal College of Art, London, England, and received a PhD from the University of Westminster, England. Gupta’s work uses independent photography as a critical practice, focusing on race, migration, and queer issues.

His recent show (with Charan Singh), Dissent and Desire, was presented at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2018) and his project Christopher Street 1976, published in 2018 (Stanley Barker) was presented at Hales Gallery in New York (2019). His work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions, including at the Pompidou Centre, France (2011) and The Place is Here (Nottingham Contemporary, England, 2017).

Gupta is a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art and was Lead Curator for the 2018 Fotofest in Houston, USA. His work can be found in many private and public collections, including Tate Modern and Tate Britain (London, England), George Eastman Museum (Rochester, USA), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA).


About the Curator

Dr Mark Sealy OBE is Executive Director of Autograph and Professor, Photography, Rights and Representation at University Arts London - London College of Communication, also affiliated to the Photography Archive and Research Centre.

Sealy is interested in the relationship between art, photography and social change, identity, politics, race, and human rights. He has written for many of the world’s leading photographic journals, produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide.

Lawrence and Wishart have published Sealy’s more recent critical writings on photography. These titles include Photography: Race, Rights and Representation (2022) and Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time (2019).

June 22
12 pm

Artist Talk

Online via Zoom
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