Annie Tong: The Everyday of Life

A photography project that explores everyday life around the world

Annie Tong, The Everyday Begins, Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, 49.5 x 34.5 inch, archival inkjet print, 2020

Annie Tong
The Everyday of Life

June 7 – July 6, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday June 7, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Members’ Gallery, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

The Everyday of Life is an ever-growing photography project by Canadian photographer Annie Tong. The exhibition showcases many of her most notable photographs taken since the project began ten years ago, including new work from this year. The collection includes photography from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Republic of Georgia, Hong Kong, Turkiye, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Everyday of Life is a project about ordinary moments, not extraordinary times, and its photographs celebrate people at ease in their lives—from within a small village in Bangladesh to the large, densely crowded streets of Manila.

Annie Tong, A Long Life in the Big City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 24.45 x 17.25 inch, archival inkjet print, 2024

We need a counterweight to the newsworthy images that bombard us daily, depicting the lives of others from within the context of endless global tragedies. But everyday life is far more ordinary and beautiful than this.

The Everyday of Life is a photography project that seeks to level the field in how we understand and appreciate the lives of others, seeing beyond the hardship to the beauty that thrives in spite of it. These photographs strive to be both uneventful and familiar, celebrating people at ease in their lives even though their lives may not be easy.

Tong’s process begins with an eagerness to explore the world around her. Behind each photograph are days and often weeks in the neighbourhoods she discovers, getting to know the people who live there and letting them get to know her. Her photographs are never staged, and nothing about the circumstance is in any way extraordinary or newsworthy. Each photograph simply offers us a chance to see others at ease in the comfort of their ordinary, everyday lives. The goal of the project and exhibition is to help reveal this fragile thread that reaches through our differences and connects us all.

Annie Tong, He Knows Where He Stands, Manila, Philippines, 24.45 x 17.25 inch, archival inkjet print, 2024

Annie Tong’s photography explores a variety of themes within documentary-style portraiture. Intrigued by the beauty of the ordinary, Tong has always looked to everyday life for her inspiration. Combining her photography with a love for travel she is now exploring everyday life in the world around her. In her previous role as a healthcare photographer, she sought to capture ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances. Her photography, now and always, has looked to find the beauty of life everywhere it lives.

A graduate of Sheridan College in applied photography, Annie Tong lives and works in Toronto as a professional photographer.

Annie Tong
Instagram: @theeverydayoflife

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