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"Soon we were en route again": The Margaret Corry Albums (1947–1963)

January 24 – April 8, 2018
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Co-instructed by Gaëlle Morel and Sophie Hackett

This exhibition investigates a collection of photographic albums compiled over seventeen years by Margaret Corry, a well-travelled Canadian expatriate. Relocating from one country to the next with her husband, a United Nations representative, Corry assembled the photographs she made of landscapes, architecture, archeological sites, social events, and portraits into a compelling personal narrative, set against a backdrop of complex geopolitical and colonial change. “Soon we were en route again…” is organized by second-year students from Ryerson University’s Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management program, in collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum and The Family Camera Network.

This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Opening Party
Wednesday, January 24
6:00–8:00 PM

Special Tour
With co-instructors Gaëlle Morel and Sophie Hackett
Wednesday, February 7
6:00 PM

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

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

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A page from a photo album of old photos
Fig. 1

Margaret Corry, album-page showing elephant riding in Jaipur, India. From Margaret Corry’s album of travels through Hyderabad, Ajanta, Dehra Dun, Madras, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Gaspe, Quebec, and Ontario, 1954, gelatin silver prints and typed captions mounted on paper. Courtesy of Brian Boyle MPA, FPPO photo, 2017© ROM

Fig. 2

Margaret Corry and Nick Corry, a detail from an album-page showing the hotel, garden, and companions in Pusan, South Korea from Margaret Corry's Album of Travels through Thailand, Korea, and Taiwan, 1962, gelatin silver prints and typed captions mounted on paper. Courtesy of Brian Boyle MPA, FPPO photo, 2017© ROM


Margaret Corry, a detail from an album-page showing scenes during a drive through the Trincomalee hills in Sri Lanka from Margaret Corry's Album of travels through Japan, Hawaii, British Columbia, Saskatoon, Ontario, and Ceylon, 1958, elatin silver prints and typed captions mounted on paper. Courtesy of Brian Boyle MPA, FPPO photo, 2017© ROM

Co-instructor Bios

Gaëlle Morel

Gaëlle is the Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre and holds a PhD in the History of Contemporary Art from Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. In 2012, she curated the Berenice Abbott retrospective exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and, in 2009, she served as the guest curator of the Mois de la Photo in Montreal. Her research deals with the history of photojournalism, the artistic and cultural recognition of photography from the 1970s, and photographic modernism in the 1930s.

Sophie Hackett

Sophie Hackett is the Curator, Photography, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University’s master’s program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management. She continues to write for art magazines, international journals and artist monographs, including “Queer Looking: Joan E. Biren’s Slide Shows” in Aperture (spring 2015) and “Encounters in the Museum: The Experience of Photographic Objects” in the edited volume The “Public” Life of Photographs (Ryerson Image Centre and MIT Press, 2016). 

Hackett’s curatorial projects during her tenure at the AGO include Barbara Kruger: Untitled (It) (2010); Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today (2011); Max Dean: Album, A Public Project (2012); What It Means To be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility and Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography (2014); Introducing Suzy Lake (2014); and Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s (2016). In 2017, she was a Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. She is the lead juror for the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize, a role she also held in 2014, 2010 and 2012.

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