Lorne Fromer: The Museum of Street Culture
Photos by Lorne Fromer
May 5 – 30, 2023
Yorkville Public Library, 22 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
“Beginning in the early 90s, I began photographing graffiti – its scrawls and swirls, stencils, posters and flyers. I liked how they looked, what they had to say and how they interacted with each other. I liked the fact that I couldn’t understand them. I wanted to preserve these impermanent markings for their historical value, for their aesthetic value, and for the sheer experience of randomness that their layering conveyed. My documentary style slowly morphed into a form of photo-abstraction where references to place became tenuous. For me, it was where my street images were set free from their real world constraints.
“These photographs evoke the many moods and feelings I experience in a city. They reflect the intensity of street life and the beauty of its hidden treasures. The blaring of horns and the serenity of the morning sun. They convey the scents of bakeries and the tastes of good coffee. They also speak to my inner life.” – Lorne Fromer
Lorne Fromer B.Ed., M.F.A., is a photographer, educator, art publisher and curator. A participant in numerous Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festivals, he has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA. His work is represented in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Canada, the City of Toronto Archives, and numerous private collectors. He will soon be donating a collection of 50 such images to Public Library of Toronto, Special collection.
THE MUSEUM OF STREET CULTURE is devoted to the collection, exhibition and appreciation of graffiti, in all its forms and permutations, locations and languages.
Yorkville Public Library
22 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 1L4