Curators: Paul Roth, Gaëlle Morel and Valérie Matteau
This exhibition explores the rich, complex, and often mysterious experiences of childhood through the photography collection of Dr. Stephen Brown, a pediatric pain management specialist. From the nineteenth century to the present day, many photographers have been drawn to document children’s passage through the high dramas and daily pleasures of life’s early stages. Dr. Brown, founding medical director of the Chronic Pain Clinic at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, has spent more than twenty years assembling a collection that intimately explores the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of children. Spanning the nineteenth century to the present day, Scenes from Under Childhood explores a range of childhood adventures and episodes—from infancy through the teenage years; in rural isolation and on city streets; in the quiet of home and during times of war; alone, at play, and with their families—in works by a remarkable array of photographers from around the world.
A new book featuring the collection of Dr. Stephen Brown will be released in 2021 by the Ryerson Image Centre, in partnership with German photobook publisher Hirmer Verlag. Edited by Toronto author and photo-historian Sara Knelman, this richly-illustrated volume will benefit the Chronic Pain Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Daily 2:30 pm
All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted.