In winter 2018, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will present a series of experimental shows confronting the traditional power dynamic between photographer and subject.
Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography suggests that photography—a medium traditionally understood as one dominated by singular creative adventurers—is better defined by collaboration and interaction.
Alongside this exhibition, Jim Goldberg’s seminal series Rich and Poor (1977 to 1985) exemplifies this relationship by pairing his portraits with revealing self-observations from his subjects, inscribed directly on the photographs.
These images exposed the rising social and economic divide in the United States that has only intensified today.
Two additional exhibitions also explore the fluid dynamic between the makers of images, their subjects, and the audience that experiences photography.