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True to the Eyes: The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection

Main Gallery and University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
January 23 – April 7, 2019
Curators: Paul Roth, Gaëlle Morel, and Charlene Heath

This exhibition presents more than 200 photographs from the extraordinary and eclectic collection of the long-time Toronto couple. The Tanenbaums were among the first Canadian collectors to engage with the medium during its late 20th century rise to prominence; over time, they assembled one of the country’s great holdings of photography. True to the Eyes highlights a range of humanistic photographs in many genres, from anonymous vernacular imagery to masterworks by such notable photographers as Southworth & Hawes, William Notman, Ernest J. Bellocq, Brassaï, Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark, Jim Goldberg, Rafael Goldchain, and Edward Burtynsky. Through four decades of building their collection, the Tanenbaums have acquired images revealing aspects of family, wealth and poverty, civil rights, nature and the land, and Canadian life. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly-illustrated book published in partnership with Hirmer Verlag.


Opening Party
Wednesday, January 23
6:00–8:00 PM

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

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Girl seated, wearing a ballroom gown, and holding a purse
Fig. 1

Southworth & Hawes studio, [Portrait of a young woman], ca. 1850, daguerreotype in leather case with applied colour (half). Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection

True to the Eyes

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