Don Snyder has an extensive background in photographic history, critical studies, and curation. A professor at the Ryerson University School of Image Arts since 1980, he has taught in the York-Ryerson Communication and Culture program, and in Ryerson's graduate programs in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management and Documentary Media, and served as Chair of the School from 2005-2010. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he was Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art from 1970 to 1977, where he originated the museum's photography exhibition program and curated exhibitions on the work of Eugene Richards, Bruce Davidson, Jerry Uelsmann, among others.
Wendy Snyder MacNeil: The Light Inside
Editor: Shannon Anderson
Contributors: George Lange, Steve Marx, Eugenia Parry, Paul Roth, and Don Snyder
This publication and accompanying exhibition brings renewed attention to the art and influence of pioneering American photographer and educator Wendy Snyder MacNeil (b. 1943), whose archive is preserved at the Ryerson Image Centre. MacNeil's austere, compelling images contributed significantly to the North American photography scene during the 1970s and 1980s. Restlessly experimental, she strove to portray complex identity and forge a more direct engagement between subject and viewer by pushing the formal boundaries of portraiture.