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Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days

May 1 – June 2 and June 19 – August 25, 2013
Guest Curators: Blake Fitzpatrick and John Bentley Mays
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

During his long tenure as Toronto’s ocial photographer (1911-1940), Arthur S. Goss created thousands of images that illustrate in fine detail the Victorian city’s ambitious, but often dicult, re-invention of itself as a modern Canadian metropolis. He has long been best known for his eloquent pictures of slums, destitute immigrants, and other dark elements of this historical passage. This exhibition, aims to reveal a less widely heralded aspect of Goss’ professional work, but one that occupied his time and creative energy more fully than any other: the routinized production of visual documents for the use of various city departments and agencies.




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Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted

Presented in collaboration with the City of Toronto

In partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

A lone person walking in between train tracks
Fig. 1

Arthur S. Goss, Bloor Street Viaduct Photographs, General View – Railway Tracks, October 18, 1912. City of Toronto Archives, series 372, subseries 10, item 48

A black and white photo of a newstand
Fig. 2

Arthur S. Goss, News stand, Northeast Corner of Gerrard and Jones, 1937. City of Toronto Archives, series 372, subseries 58, item 1457

A black and white photograph of a telephone poll
Fig. 3

Arthur S. Goss, Telephone Pole, Victoria Lane, March 14, 1912. City of Toronto Archives, series 372, subseries 58, item 105

Exhibition Catalogue

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Front cover of Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days

Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days

Guest Curators: Sarah Bassnett, Blake Fitzpatrick, and John Bentley Mays

This book is the third in a series published by the RIC, and accompanies the exhibition Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days, displayed in the University Gallery at the Ryerson Image Centre from May to June 2 and June 19 to August 25, 2013.

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Installation Shots

A gallery with photos on the wall
Fig. 1

Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days (installation view), 2013 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

A gallery wall with 9 photographs framed and hanging
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Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days (installation view), 2013 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

A gallery wall filled with framed photographs
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Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days (installation view), 2013 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

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Presented in collaboration with the City of Toronto

In partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival