Labour Photographs in the Black Star Collection

Noon Time Collection Talk with Vincenzo Pietropaolo


Henning Christoph, [Coal miner in Essen in the Ruhr], 1967, gelatin silver print. Ryerson Image Centre, Black Star Collection

Labour Photographs in the Black Star Collection

Noon Time Collection Talk with Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Thursday, March 12, 12–1 pm
Ryerson Image Centre

Join photographer and writer Vincenzo Pietropaolo for a Noon Time Collection Talk on the representation of work in the RIC’s Black Star Collection. Editorial images made for magazines and newspapers and pictures used for government propaganda or industrial publicity will be on display, featuring manufacturing projects, mines, and quarries, alongside scenes of agriculture and fishing. This talk invites viewers to consider the context in which these various images were taken, their audience and their purpose.

Noon Time Collection Talks take place in the RIC’s Peter Higdon Research Centre, located at 122 Bond Street, room RIC-241, on the second floor just above the gallery.

Free and open to the public.


Fred Ward, [Cutting marble in Cuba], ca. 1978, gelatin silver print. Ryerson Image Centre, Black Star Collection

Exhibitions on view now:

A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic
Guest Curator: David Campany

A Handful of Dust features a selection of modern and contemporary images from the last 100 years, focusing on the visual representation of dust in photography, both as an element of the everyday and as poetic allegory. Demonstrating photography’s ability to highlight quotidian details of life through the unlikeliest imagery, the exhibition touches on a wide range of subjects, including aerial reconnaissance, the American dustbowl, Mussolini’s final car journey, and the wars in Iraq. A Handful of Dust showcases photographic works by renowned artists Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Sophie Ristelhueber, Xavier Ribas, Jeff Wall, and many others, alongside anonymous press photographs, postcards, magazine spreads, and films.

Extending the Frame: 40 Years of Gallery TPW
Organized by students of Ryerson University’s F+PPCM graduate program

Extending the Frame: 40 Years of Gallery TPW celebrates 40 years of exhibitions and programs at Gallery TPW, the artist-run centre founded in 1977 as a platform for contemporary photography in Toronto. Drawing on archival materials from the Art Gallery of Ontario and artworks from the collection of the Ryerson Image Centre, the exhibition and accompanying publication highlight the gallery’s role in advocating for the cultural recognition of the medium in Canada.

Nir Evron: A Free Moment
Guest Curator: Brian Sholis

Israeli artist Nir Evron’s film A Free Moment (2011) draws together political history and formal exploration. Shot in the abandoned shell of the never-completed Jordanian Summer Palace in East Jerusalem, this four-minute film reveals a dizzying perspective on the structure’s concrete bulk and the city sprawling beneath it. Though silent and restrained, A Free Moment suggests that long-ago political conflicts can have persistent influence, disorienting lives and altering the meaning of public spaces far into the future.

Shaun Fernandes: Getting The Most From Your Hammer

In Getting The Most From Your Hammer, Shaun Fernandes presents a series of staged photographs and videos that examine working-class stereotypes of masculinity. Growing up in a rural town, Fernandes saw the tools and materials of adult work as objects for boyhood play—building forts from scrap drywall and steel sheeting or shooting pellets at stacked tin cans. These images embrace humour in order to highlight the absurd and often ritualistic actions performed during the path to maturity.


Wednesday, March 18, 6 pm
Exhibition Tour of A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic with Paul Roth

Wednesday, March 25, 7 pm
Tanenbaum Lecture: Sophie Ristelhueber in conversation with Marc Mayer

Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm
Curators in Conversation: David Campany with Sara Knelman

Thursday, April 2, 12 pm
Unfinished Business: Collecting Canadian Photography
Noon Time Collection Talk with Christopher Varley and Paul Roth
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street (RIC–241)

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street) unless otherwise noted.

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