Dr. Thierry Gervais
Dr. Thierry Gervais is assistant professor at Ryerson University and Head of Research at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC). He has been the editor-in-chief of Études photographiques (2007–2013) and has published extensively about press photographs. He has curated exhibitions for the Centre Pompidou-Metz (2013), the Musée d’Orsay (2008) and the Jeu de Paume (2007) in France. He organizes a yearly symposium about photography at the RIC and he is currently working with Gaëlle Morel on a book about press and photography.
Dispatch: War Photographs in Print, 1854-2008
Contributors: Kate Addleman-Frankel, Thierry Gervais, Gaelle Morel, and Paul Roth
This book examines the production of war photographs, the role of photojournalists, and their collaboration with picture editors in the press. From Roger Fenton's collodion plate photographs taken during the Crimean War (1853-1856) to Luc Delahaye's images of the recent conflict in Afghanistan (2001-present), the photographic representation of war has evolved dramatically in the occidental press over the past 150 years. By comparing original prints with their reproductions in magazines, and in exibiting other modes through which visual news is disseminated, DISPATCH reveals that taking a shot is only one step in the process of illustrating a war.
Picture editors and art directors have always selected, trimmed, ordered and sequenced war photographs to suit their particular needs. This exhibition views these photographs not as windows open to the world, but as representations that are the product of changing editorial figures, aesthetic priorities and historical contexts.
In kind support provided by PACART, our fine art transportation partner