Photo Bus Trip! *Friday, January 24*


Hello Photographers!
All aboard the party bus (well, not that much of a party since we’re leaving at 8:30 am). Here is our itinerary for the day. Remember to bring $9 in exact change for your admission to the AGO.

Bus leaves the circle outside the U.C.

Arrive at 80 Spadina. If you have colour film you want to process, there will be a quick stop at Toronto Image Works. If you are not dropping off film for processing, you can look at the Image Works gallery.

Art Gallery of Ontario
We will be viewing, Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography.
118969-660 Cosindas-Princess-550

Leave AGO for the Ryerson Image Centre.
The two main exhibits are:

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness.

The exhibition Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness examines both the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005 and 2010 speak to sites and events related to the key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past thirty years, Burley has been both an observer and a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses the emergence of a new technology, which irrevocably changed photography, as well as the abrupt and rapid breakdown of a century old industry, which embodied the medium’s material culture. (text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream


Since 1995, Canadian photographer Phil Bergerson has made dozens of extended road-trips, criss-crossing the United States in search of the ‘American Dream’. Drawing upon the social landscape tradition, Bergerson found his material amid the melancholic detritus of the contemporary city: in modest store window displays, hand-painted murals, graffiti, and crudely-made signs. Here is a chaotic urban topography, one fuelled by unmoored dreams, raw desires, commercial fantasies, rampant patriotism, religious fervour, and a smouldering violence. The sumptuous colour photographs elicit a sense of both wonderment and disquiet, and ultimately a yearning for order, for meaning.
(text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

There is also a student gallery.


The installation is composed of one 16mm film looping continuously, and three vinyl reproductions of the remaining filmstrips. By working with these two distinct modes of presentation — the 16mm film requires the viewer to remain still and the filmstrips entail a physical movement across the space — the installation accentuates the spatiality and materiality of time passing.

With the use of the now-discontinued colour reversal Kodak Ektachrome film stock as source material, the transient nature of celluloid film mirrors the ephemeral nature of the sitter’s gaze. Through the progressive destruction of the film as it continues to play, the work brings life to a material and a subject matter that will inevitably disappear with time.
(text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

Leave Ryerson


Lunch. You will be in the area of 80 Spadina. Find some food, eat it.

Tour 401 Richmond and other galleries in 80 Spadina. At this time you may pick up your film from Toronto Image Works.

Bus leaves for Guelph

Arrive in Guelph
Boo hoo, you are sad the day is over. Perhaps you suffered from Stendhal syndrome?