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The Image Centre

Canada’s leading institution dedicated to the exhibition, research and collecting of photography.

Two people looking at a wall in the gallery full of photographs and posters
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  Attica USA 1971: Images and Sounds of a Rebellion (installation view), Ryerson Image Centre, 2017 © Clifton Li, The Image Centre

About The Image Centre

Front exterior of The Image Centre featuring installation on rocks in pond adjacent
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The Image Centre, 2022 © Toni Hafkenscheid

The Image Centre (IMC) is Canada’s leading institution dedicated to the exhibition, research and collecting of photography. Established in 2012 at Toronto Metropolitan University, in the heart of the city, the IMC welcomes visitors to explore the intersection of photography and culture. Through compelling exhibitions and engaging public programming, the IMC showcases work by emerging, renowned, and anonymous photographers, past and present. With a growing collection of nearly 400,000 photographic objects and an innovative scholarly research program, the IMC is also a vibrant hub for the preservation and study of photography.

SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA

Corner of the gallery building featuring second floor window facade portraits of Canadians
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The Image Centre, 2022 © James Morley

FACES THAT SHAPED A NATION

Spanning The Image Centre’s west and north facade, this photographic mural highlights 14 key figures who contributed to the formation of Canadian national identity. The historical panorama was commemorated in 2017 on the occasion of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, a symbol of the diverse generations who have exemplified Canadian achievement through their endeavours and resilience.

Chief Dan George, ca. 1971 Wayne Gretzky, 1981
Margaret Atwood, ca. 1989 Viola Desmond, ca. 1945
Yousuf Karsh, 1971 Leonard Cohen, ca. 1990
Mary Pickford, ca. 1910 David Suzuki, ca. 1993
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1981 k.d. lang, ca. 1988
Buffy Sainte-Marie, ca. 1971 Oscar Peterson, 1977
John Candy, ca. 1983 Marshall McLuhan, ca. 1974

PHOTO CREDITS

North Facade (from left to right): Chester Higgins (American, born 1946); Sally Soames (British, dates unknown) for Camera Press Ltd.; Michael Evans (American, 1944–2005) for The New York Times. West Facade (from left to right): Unknown photographer for Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive; Eric Hayes (Canadian, born 1945) for Miller Services; Unknown photographer for United Press International; Unknown photographer; Robert Glass (nationality unknown, died 2011) for The New York Times; Unknown photographer; Andy Beard (nationality and dates unknown) for Camera Press Ltd.; Unknown photographer; Stuart Watson (nationality and dates unknown); Unknown photographer for The Associated Press; Pat Murphy (nationality and dates unknown).

The majority of the portraits are drawn from The Image Centre’s Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection of 21,362 photographs of Canadian personalities and events from the 20th century, originally preserved in the New York Times Photo Archive. Additional photographs are from the Black Star Collection, The Image Centre, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University); and the Wanda and Joe Robson Collection, Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University.

Design: Kelsey Blackwell and Ben Freedman

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Griffith J. “Griff” Davis, Untitled [Children parading, Liberia], 1950, gelatin silver print. Black Star Collection, The Image Centre

The Image Centre’s new exhibition chronicles the 20th century through the eyes of photojournalists and photo agencies

Aug. 29, 2023

Stories from the Picture Press will showcase exceptional photographs of historic events and personalities, while exploring how photojournalists and photo agencies worked together to document the news and distribute images for publication.

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Staff + Advisory Board

Gallery Staff & Volunteers

For general inquiries, please email: imagecentre.gallery@torontomu.ca

For collection inquiries or appointments for the Peter Higdon Research Centre, contact 416.979.5000 x 552376 or imagecentre.collects@torontomu.ca

For media inquiries, please email: Kristen Dobbin kristendobbin@torontomu.ca

 

Sara Angelucci
Student Gallery Curatorial Coordinator

Jorge Ayala
New Media Programmer

Laura Boudreau
Director of Development, The Image Centre and Public Realm

Kristen Dobbin
Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations Officer

Simone Estrin
Coordinator, Public Programs and Visitor Services

Kristen Gergely
Administration, Finance and Special Events Coordinator

Eric Glavin
Art Installer and Facility Technician

Bryce Julien
Outreach and Program Coordinator, Youth in Focus

Valérie Matteau
Senior Exhibitions Officer

Gaëlle Morel
Exhibitions Curator

Paul Roth
Director

Natalie Spagnol
Manager, Administration and Operations

 

Visitor Services

Dakini Crofton
Gallery Attendant 

Susan Devins
Volunteer Docent

Miriam Kagan
Volunteer Docent

Paul Kay
Volunteer Docent

Arshneer Khaira
Gallery Attendant

Toni Olshen
Volunteer Docent

Kesa Smith 
Senior Gallery Attendant

Molly Steels
Gallery Attendant

Research Centre &
Collections Staff

For information on access to the collection, please email: imagecentre.collects@torontomu.ca

Denise Birkhofer
Collections Curator and Research Centre Manager

Sasha Furlani
Assistant Museum Registrar

Thierry Gervais
Head of Research

Charlene Heath
Archivist and Research Coordinator

Anna Jedrzejowski
Collection Cataloguer and Reference Specialist

Jennifer Park
Art Preparator

Laura Margaret Ramsey
Digital Asset and Imaging Specialist

Rachelle Sabourin
Research Program Coordinator

Chantal Wilson
Registrar and Collections Officer

Advisory Board

Florence Minz, Chair
Economist and management consultant; current board member and former Chair, Royal Conservatory of Music, former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature; former Chair, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Voices for Children; former member of the Governing Council, University of Toronto; former Director, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Edward Burtynsky
Toronto Metropolitan University alumnus and one of Canada's most respected photographers; Burtynsky’s photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of more than fifty major museums around the world.

Atom Egoyan
One of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers on the international scene; winner of the Grand Prix and International Critics Awards from the Cannes Film Festival; recipient of several Academy Award nominations.

Shabin Mohamed
Chartered Accountant; Trustee of the Board of the AGO; Board Member of the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the ROM.

Howard A. Tanenbaum
Former Chair of The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre) Advisory Board; lawyer; financier; real estate developer; art collector; co-founder (with his wife, Carole Tanenbaum) of The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation.

Opportunities

Careers

Complete listings for employment opportunities at The Image Centre are shared through Toronto Metropolitan University's Human Resources department. Please visit torontomu.ca/careers or call (416) 979-5075 for more information. Student internship and work study positions also become available seasonally and may be posted on this page. To stay up to date, sign up for our e-newsletter via the website footer. 

 

Volunteer opportunities

DUE TO OPERATIONAL CHANGES CAUSED BY COVID-19, THE IMAGE CENTRE IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW VOLUNTEERS AT THIS TIME.

At The Image Centre we rely on a diverse group of volunteers to help support our exhibitions, special events and public programmes. As a volunteer, you can gain valuable experience in a professional gallery setting. In exchange, we would be happy to provide a reference letter, or sign-off on your volunteer hours.

What can you expect as a Volunteer? Some of your duties include:

  • Interacting with visitors to offer information or answer questions about The Image Centre and our current programming
  • Assisting with events, including set-up and take-down
  • Supporting our front of house and docent team during exhibition tours, opening parties and school group visits

We ask for a minimum 4-month commitment, which includes on-site training. Volunteer shifts can range from 3-4 hours in length and take place on days, evenings and weekends. 

Volunteer recruitment is held annually late August / early September, but we encourage you to get in touch via email and introduce yourself when regular operations commence. Please direct all inquiries to imagecentre.gallery@torontomu.ca

Acknowledgements

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We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Government of Ontario for their support.