Gerald McMaster, OC (PhD, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Theory, and Interpretation, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a curator, artist, author, and professor of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, Toronto, and co-curator of The Faraway Nearby. He has worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Ottawa), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). In 2012, he was an artistic director of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, and in 1995 he was Canadian commissioner to the Venice Biennale.
Denise Birkhofer (PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, United States) is the Collections Curator and Research Centre Manager at the Ryerson Image Centre, and co-curator of The Faraway Nearby. Her scholarship addresses such topics as Mexican street photography, contemporary Latin American art, and female artists. In her previous capacity as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio, she organized exhibitions on the work of Hugo Brehme, Judit Reigl, Brett Weston, and Fred Wilson, among others.
The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive
Editors: Denise Birkhofer, Gerald McMaster
Contributors: Justine Kohleal, Gaëlle Morel, Paul Roth, Alana West
On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, The Faraway Nearby presents a century of Canadian history through photographs. The book will take readers on a visual journey through photographs ranging from breaking news to portraiture, depicting many of the key events and personalities that helped to define Canada in the twentieth century.
Taking an expansive view of many of the diverse histories that have constituted Canadian life, The Faraway Nearby highlights images of major political events and conflicts, the Canadian role in wartime, iconic landscapes across the nation, hockey and other sports heroes, and candid reportage on the lives of everyday Canadians. Also featured prominently are images of Indigenous peoples, immigrant communities, notable international figures on official visits to Canada, as well as portraits of such iconic figures as Margaret Atwood, Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, Mary Pickford and Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
The publication draws from an archive of nearly 25,000 photographs of Canadian subject matter, a promised gift to the Ryerson Image Centre from the collection of Toronto-based entrepreneur Chris Bratty.