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2021 Events at RIC


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Winter 2021

Tanenbaum Lecture: Eli Reed

Acclaimed American photographer Eli Reed is best known for documenting social justice issues and the effects of war on society. Beginning his career as a freelancer in 1970, he went on to produce in-depth projects on conflict in El Salvador, Guatemala and other Central American countries (1982), civil war and its aftermath in Beirut (1983-1987), the ousting of “Baby Doc” Duvalier in Haiti (1986), U.S. military action in Panama (1989), the Walled City in Hong Kong, and African American experience spanning the 1970s through the end of the 1990s, which resulted in his groundbreaking publication Black in America (1997). In this talk, the prolific photographer will explore his documentary practice over five decades. Register now

Please be advised that this presentation includes depictions of violence and nudity which may not be suitable for all audiences.

Eli Reed is an award-winning documentary photographer with the Magnum Photo Agency since 1983. Reed has worked for newspapers, magazines, foundations, television, major motion pictures, and documentaries. His publications include Beirut, City of Regrets (W. W. Norton, 1988), Black in America (W. W. Norton, 1997) and the career retrospective, Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home (University of Texas Press, 2015). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the POYi World Understanding Award, the Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography, the World Press Photo Award, the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. He currently works as Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Texas in Austin.

The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture Series is co-presented biannually by the Ryerson Image Centre and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

Feb. 10
7 pm ET 


Online via Zoom
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Documentary in Dispute Book Launch & Conversation

The 1939 publication Changing New York is a landmark of documentary photography, yet no one has seen the book that Berenice Abbott and Elizabeth McCausland actually planned and wrote—until now. Join author Sarah M. Miller and RIC Exhibitions Curator Gaëlle Morel for a conversation about Documentary in Dispute, the latest release in the RIC Books series. Their discussion will focus on the process of reconstructing the original manuscript of Changing New York, how it alters the history of documentary photography, and discoveries in the RIC archives that made it possible. Register now

March 8
7 pm ET


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Fall 2021

Artist Talk with Dana Claxton

Winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award, artist Dana Claxton works across photography, video, and performance art to investigate Indigenous beauty, contemporary culture, and spirituality. In this virtual talk, Claxton will discuss her critically acclaimed practice and delve into the works on display in this season’s Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition, which will offer a wide-ranging exploration of the Great Plains and her studio work in Vancouver. Claxton is a Professor and Head of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia and her family reserve is Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations. Register now.

Wednesday, September 22

7 pm

Artist Talk

Online via Zoom

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Noon Time Collection Talk with Steven Evans

Steven Evans is a Toronto-based photographer and collector who has focused on architecture and the urban environment for over 40 years. Evans graduated from Ryerson University’s Media Studies program in 1982 and as a collector in the years since, Evans has compiled, over two decades, a comprehensive resource of early photographs and other objects associated with the British photographer Francis Bedford. The collection surveys Bedford’s impressive achievement as a leading maker of architectural and landscape images during the late 19th century. This talk is an opportunity for the public to learn about the Francis Bedford Research Collection, of nearly 1300 objects, which features the photographer’s early work with illustration and lithography, and examples of his amateur and commercial photography. Register now.

Thursday, September 30

12 pm

Collection Talk

Online via Zoom

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