Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sunil Gupta currates an exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, 2010

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
21 January–11 April 2010
Curated by Sunil Gupta

This is a landmark exhibition giving an inside view of how modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been shaped through the lens of their photographers. From the earliest days of photography when the first Indian-run photographic studios were established in the 19th century, this exhibition tells the story of photography’s development in the subcontinent with over 400 works that have been uniquely brought together. It encompasses social realism and reportage of the key political moments in the 1940s, amateur snaps from the 1960s, and street photography from the 1970s. Contemporary photographs reveal the reality of everyday life, while the recent digitalisation of image making accelerates its cross-over with fashion and film.

For more information about the show, please go to Whitechapel Gallery's website at

The exhibition is organized by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in collaboration with Fotomuseum, Winterthur.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Stephen Bulger Gallery is sending you our best wishes for the holidays and for a wonderful 2010. We will be closed on December 24th, 2009 and will open again on January 5th, 2010.


Stephen, Natalie, Melissa, Josh, Alex and Joanna.

Friday, December 18, 2009


December 19th, 2009
Eternal Youth


3:00 PM

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Dir. Chuck Jones & Ben Washam (USA: 1966) 26 min

Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Dir. George Seaton (USA: 1947) 96 min

Doris Walker a no-nonsense Macy's executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that he's the real Santa Claus. But, he has many skeptics like Doris and her six year old daughter, Susan. So Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Metro writes an article about a play that re-creates Yoko Ono and John Lennon's Bed-in

"No bed of roses"
Play recreates 1969 Lennon and Ono stunt

Playwright Risha Yorke’s new production — John/Yoko Bed Piece — explores how both today’s political left and right still fail to grasp John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s subtle populism.

December 15, 2009

More Details
John/Yoko Bed Piece at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, December 16th through Jan. 2, 2010.

For the full article:

Photographs by Gerry Deiter capturing this historic event can be found at the Stephen Bulger Gallery.


January 9th, 2009
Eternal Youth

3:00 PM


Dir. Frank Capra (USA: 1937) 132 min

Before returning to England to become the new Foreign Secretary, British diplomat Robert Conway has one last task in 1935 China: to rescue 90 Westerners in the city of Baskul. He flies out with the last few evacuees, just ahead of armed revolutionaries.
Unbeknownst to the passengers, the pilot is replaced and their airplane is hijacked. It eventually runs out of fuel and crashes deep in the Himalayas. When hope runs out, the group is rescued and taken to Shangri-La, an idyllic valley sheltered from the bitter cold. The contented inhabitants are led by the mysterious High Lama.
Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grow to love their new home. Conway is particularly enchanted, especially when he meets Sondra, who has grown up in Shangri-la. However, Conway's younger brother George and Maria, another beautiful young woman they find there, are determined to leave.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rosalind Solomon in youtube video - "Adios"

Director Natasha O'Connor filmed artist Rosalind Solomon in her New York City apartment, talking to the artist about her installation "Adios."

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Clive Holden : Trains of Winnipeg + The Auteurs/Garage: On-line Round Table

On December 9th, 2009, artist and filmaker Clive Holden began a round table discussion of his 2004 film cycle, Trains of Winnipeg - 14 Film Poems, and its recent inclusion in The Auteurs' on-line film library. For the next two weeks he will be discussing the film, and artist-made film distribution in the 21st century, with eight great people. After the first week, it will be opened up to "questions from the floor" ( which includes all The Auteurs members).

To follow the results of the round table discussion, please go to the address:

As well, please note that the first 500 viewings of Trains of Winnipeg on The Auteurs are free:


December 12th, 2009
Eternal Youth

3:00 PM


Dir. Ron Howard (USA, 1985) 117 mins

A group of Anterean aliens return to earth to take back some cocoons of their people they left behind from an earlier trip. The cocoons are resting at the bottom of the ocean. They kept the recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by three simple, aging senior citizens who like to swim in the unguarded swimming pool, which is also next door to the old age home they live in. One day when they go swimming, they feel energized and "ready to take on the world!" When they find out it is because the pool was recently bought by four alien Antereans incognito as humans, the old folks offer to help the Antereans return the cocoons back to Antarea. As a reward, they offer something magnificent.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alex Webb's photographs are published by Aperture Foundation

Copyright © 2007 Aperture Foundation.

Aperture Foundation has published a book of Alex Webb's photographs "Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names", Edited by Orphan Pamuk.

About Alex Webb

San Francisco-born photographer Alex Webb is an avid photojournalist whose work has been featured in New York Times Magazine, Life, Geo and National Geographic. He joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has published six photography books, including "Crossings" and the limited edition "Crossings." He has also received numerous awards, including the 1988 Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award.

The Globalist Photo Gallery writes about Alex Webb and the book.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Richard Harrington in The Canadian Press, Dec. 3rd 2009.

Winnipeg photo show exhibits rarely seen images of 1950s Arctic famine

WINNIPEG — Sometime in late February 1950, a Canadian photographer pulled a camera out of his parka and into the stabbing Arctic cold, focused as best he could in the flickering lamplight inside an igloo, and pressed the shutter.

The resulting image - an Inuit mother, haggard from hunger and dressed in shabby caribou skins, fiercely pressing her nose and lips to those of her youngest child - has since become iconic.

But the story behind Richard Harrington's memorable print, and the many others he made around the same time, is less well known. And that's what a show now on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery hopes to remedy.

"It's certainly long overdue," said Darlene Wight, one of two curators behind the exhibit, which runs until March.

Harrington made six trips to the Arctic between 1948 and 1953. He travelled by dogsled and often lived with the Inuit, who still largely depended on the land. It was a life that informed their traditional culture but depended on the availability of caribou.

Harrington's 1950 trip came in a year the caribou didn't. The result was famine. As southern Canadians were welcoming a prosperous decade of suburbs and big-finned cars, many of their northern fellow citizens were starving to death.

On Feb. 8, a few days before he snapped his most famous picture, Harrington wrote in his journal:

"Came upon the tiniest igloo yet. Outside lay a single, mangy dog, motionless, starving ... Inside, a small woman in clumsy clothes, large hood, with baby.

"She sat in darkness, without heat. She speaks to me. I believe she said they were starving.

"We left some tea, matches, kerosene, biscuits. And went on."

More than once, Harrington photographed someone who would be dead the next day. And when he returned south, it was those images that finally alerted the rest of Canada to what was going on in its Arctic backyard.

Most Canadians are unaware that famine stalked their land within living memory, said Frank Tester, an Arctic sociologist and historian at the University of British Columbia.

"It's not a story that's well-understood or appreciated," he said. "We have an image of this country that excises this period altogether."

In fact, although Harrington's work is sold and exhibited at Toronto's Stephen Bulger Gallery, the Winnipeg show of 23 images is his first at a public art institution in Canada in more than two decades. His photographs have never toured the country they portray.

"(Harrington) didn't work within this idea of being a fine artist," said Mary Reid, the show's other curator.

"He was certainly very much a commercial photographer, working as a photojournalist. It's just now within the last 10 years that photojournalism is starting to make its way more prevalently known within the fine art canon."

Harrington's low profile can't be blamed on lack of quality. His Arctic work was praised by no less a photographic luminary than Henri Cartier-Bresson. He was the only Canadian in the world-touring 1955 Family of Man show curated by Edward Steichen.

But even the Winnipeg show may not have happened without the intervention of Harrington's widow, who visited the gallery and showed her husband's work to Reid and Wight.

"I was just absolutely blown away, not only by the quality of the photography, but also by the subject matter as well," Reid said.

The show - which also exhibits sculpture by Inuit carver Charlie Sivuarapik, whom Harrington later photographed - contains plenty of tragedy. But some prints are from other Arctic trips Harrington made and offer a wide view of traditional Inuit life during a time it was disappearing.

"These are very, very proud, striking images of a people that were not devastated," said Wight. "It's really important for people to see (Inuit) pre-community life and how it was very arduous, but also how the people were very proud and had a good life."
Tester first saw Harrington's work 20 years ago.

"It's a window into people who made their own meaning, who survived in a climate that was incredibly demanding," he said. "The pictures portray a people with fundamental strength."

Reid said Winnipeg gallery-goers were crowding into the Harrington show even before the captions were mounted on the walls.

"We couldn't keep them out of the space."

By the end of his 1950 trip, Harrington could no longer take pictures. His fingers had been frostbitten too often.

In mid-March, as he waited for an airplane to take him south at what is now Arviat, Nunavut, Harrington watched his Inuit guide travel off.

"Kumok has gone into the glittering wilderness, swallowed up, only a tiny, moving dot, soon out of sight," he wrote. "The greatest and most infinitesimal spot, who conquers and lives, using snow for his home, caribou for his food and clothing.

"My admiration for them remains unchanged."

-By Bob Weber in Edmonton
Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

Photographer Richard Harrington's "Padleimuit mother feeding her child a piece of caribou skin at starvation camp, 1950," is shown in a handout photo. The Canadian Press/Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery - © Estate of Richard Harrington

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunil Gupta spreads awareness about AIDS

The Times of India

When Delhi Painted 'Hope'

TNN 4 December 2009

Sunil Raj Kumar
There was yet another poster making competition titled Paint Hope in the city, on the same day, for the same purpose – spreading awareness about AIDS – This was organized by UNAIDS in partnership with another organization.

That was not all, as a documentary film, I Want To Live, made by Sunil Gupta was also shown to the guests. One of the issues addressed in the film was the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS. This was followed by a short panel discussion by Mona Mishra, Ratan Singh and Anandi Yuvraj.

FILMS CAN HELP: One of the guests present, Anjali Sen, said “It’s time that more and more films on this issue are made, so that AIDS awareness spreads among people, and they also know what causes it.” Designer Rohit Gandhi was present there too, and he said, “Films, posters and counseling can change the mindsets about HIV positive people.”

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gallery 44 Turns 30!

This December 3rd, 2009, Gallery44, opened their 30th Anniversary exhibition "Wall to Wall, 30th Anniversary Edition".

Gallery 44, an artist-run photography center located at 401 Richmond Street, Unit 120, turns 30 this fall. It first opened in 1979 and has had a tremendous impact on local artists and its surrounding community as it has developed into a key focus of the Canadian photo art scene.

Exhibition and Sale of photographs dating from 1979 to 2009 by Gallery 44
members and friends. Exhibition continues until December 19 -

Related Links:
Peter Goddard writes about Gallery 44 in the Toronto Star:


December 5th, 2009
Eternal Youth

3:00 PM


Dir. Albert Lewin (USA, 1945) 110 mins

The “Picture of Dorian Gray” is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel, and became the classic tale of vanity. A handsome young Victorian gentleman, Dorian Gray, has his portrait made by a close friend who is obsessed with his beauty. Though at first Gray is an innocent young man, under the influence of amoral Lord Henry Wotton, he embarks on a journey of vile undertakings. As the years pass, Dorian Gray does not age, but evidence of Grays sins are apparent in his portrait, which grows uglier with each transgression. He keeps it safely hidden in the attic. But his mysterious behavior and ageless appearance begin to attract suspicion.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Stephen Bulger Appointed to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Stephen Bulger as a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.

"As a renowned photography specialist and photographic art dealer, Mr. Bulger brings extensive knowledge and expertise that will be of great value to the work of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board," said Minister Moore.

In 1991, Mr. Bulger graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Photographic Arts from Ryerson University's School of Image Arts in Toronto and began working in the photography department of the Ontario College of Art. He participated in the creation of the Ryerson Gallery, the School's first off-campus exhibition space and was its first Director until 1993. In 1995, he founded the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto and, since then, he has curated over 130 exhibitions. In addition to selling photographs and collections to international institutions and individuals, he has been working as an appraiser of photographs for donations and insurance purposes. Among his prestigious clients are the National Gallery of Canada and its affiliate the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the National Gallery of Australia; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and other museums in Switzerland and France.

Mr. Bulger has participated in many North American and European art fairs and acted as juror at Hart House photography competitions. He has published catalogues, books, and articles and has given lectures and interviews on subjects related to his domain of expertise. In 1997, he co-founded CONTACT, Toronto's photography festival, showcasing over 1000 local, national, and international artists' work. Over the years, Mr. Bulger has been involved with the boards of Canadian and international professional associations. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers in Washington, DC.

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board's mandate is to make determinations regarding the outstanding significance and national importance of cultural assets under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. It is also responsible for determining the fair market value of items donated to Canadian organizations such as libraries, archives, and museums. In addition, the Board reviews appeals of applications for cultural property export permits that have been denied. For more information about the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, please visit

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Richard Harrington on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Photographer Richard Harrington travelled to Canadian Arctic to capture traditional Inuit way of life
By: Alison Mayes

Two girls asleep under caribou skins during the famine in 1950, Padlei, NWT.
Two girls asleep under caribou skins during the famine in 1950, Padlei, NWT. (RICHARD HARRINGTON)

The Inuit called him "Adderiorli" -- the Man with a Box.

The box was his camera.

Canadian photographer Richard Harrington took epic journeys by dogsled between 1948 and 1953, bringing back images of the traditional Inuit way of life that astonished the world.

Harrington captured life on the land in the final years before the Inuit were forever changed by contact with the South.

"He was the window on this culture for so many people," says Winnipeg Art Gallery director Stephen Borys. "These (photographs) are historical documents, as well as amazing portraits."

For the whole story, please follow this link:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer" Exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

November 28, 2009 - March 14, 2010
WAG Exhibition Documents Vanishing Inuit Way of Life

This November 28, 2009, the Winnipeg Art Gallery opens a stunning exhibition of the work of the late Richard Harrington, one of Canada’s most respected photographers. "Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer" continues until March 14, 2010.

“Richard Harrington had an amazing career,” says Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. “He travelled to over 100 countries in the course of his career, and had some 2,400 photographic stories published in magazines and 24 books. In 1987 a major exhibition of his photographs, Incredible Journeys, was held at the Canadian Museum of Photography in Ottawa.”

For more information, please visit:

Interview with Bertrand Carrière by Louis Perreault

© Bertrand Carriere - Lieux Memes
Trenches, Newfoundland, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Pacardie, France, 2006
© Bertrand Carrière - Lieux Mêmes

Following the footsteps of an unknown World War I photographer, Bertrand Carrière photographed the contemporary landscapes that once were the scene of infamous battles. His resulting photographic series, titled Lieux Mêmes has recently been exhibited at Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. Although the show has ended, I’m certain this won’t be the last time we’ll be seeing this series. I interviewed Carrière for the occasion, trying to get a sense of its preoccupations and process.

To read the full interview, please follow this link:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vid Ingelevics to gives an artist's talk at Peterborough gallery

Ontario-based photographer Vid Ingelevics gave an artist's talk at the Art Gallery of Peterborough Thursday, Nov. 26.

The talk is entitled Vid Ingelevics: hunter/gatherer where he investigates the human presence and imposition on the landscape.

"His large-scale photographs of rustic hunting platforms and woodpiles expose human-made structures that are so common to our region we rarely think about them. Capturing structures that seem to exist outside of any recorded history, his photographs document and record images of collective memory without disturbing them, states a press release.

This exhibition draws our attention to what Ingelevics calls "two of humankind's oldest survival strategies -hunting and gathering."

For more information, please go to the following links:

Friday, November 27, 2009


November 28th, 2009
Eternal Youth
3:00 PM

Dir. Christian E. Klinger (USA, 2008) 56 mins

A tale about photography and art, family and life, dealing with the history of man and woman, life and art. Many art historians consider Jock Sturges, born in 1947, to be one of the most important fine art photographers of our times.

As a catholic and graduated in psychology and photography, he survived the attacks of conservatives in the United States. Sturges has created a series of intensely powerful and moving photographs with an outstanding sensitivity for composition and light. Sturges's artistic work is an uncompromising search for truth and clarity. His private life is marked by his open nature and inspired by the love he shares with his wife Maia.

In LINE OF BEAUTY AND GRACE, the filmmaker and photographer Christian E. Klinger journeys into the life and work of this extraordinary man.

Jeff Thomas in "Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue" presented by SAVAC and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

Jeff Thomas is in the group exhibition “Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue”, curated by Srimoyee Mitra and presented by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Art Centre) and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

The exhibition runs from November 29th, 2009 until January 22nd, 2010.
The opening reception is November 29th, 2009, from 1pm to 4pm

With eight artists across Canada, the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, located next to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and home to a large South Asian community, is the perfect backdrop for the exhibition “Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue”.

South Asians and the First Peoples’ communities epitomize the complexities of co-existence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. While both communities are referred to as “Indians” their experiences and histories of racial and socio-economic marginalization differ widely.

Roy Caussy, Bonnie Devine, Ali Kazimi, Afshin Matlabi, Yudi Sewraj, Greg Staats, Ehren Bear Witness Thomas and Jeff Thomas reckon with the experience of loss and displacement and reflect on the ideology of reconciliation. The art works in the exhibition articulate the importance of engaging in dialogues with one another to better understand the multiple perspectives and histories that make up the contemporary Canadian society.

Jeff Thomas, artist and curator speaks about his landmark collaboration with Ali Kazimi on the film Shooting Indians: A Journey With Jeff Thomas, which is featured in the exhibition: Since Ali and I first met in 1984 and began our documentary road trip, the stimulant of identity politics has continued to evolve and some twenty five years later it is good to see that the film resonates with the public and new exhibition projects like "Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue".

Please join them on November 29th, 2009 at 12 pm The Art Bus to Brantford departs from 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, will feature an intimate tête-à-tête with Ali Kazimi and Jeff Thomas as they discuss their landmark collaboration in the film “Shooting Indians: A Journey With Jeff Thomas” featured in the exhibition. The bus will return to Toronto at 5pm.
1pm-4pm Opening Reception and Artist Talks at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

For more information please go to the Glenhyrst Art Gallery website.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery
20 Ava Road
Brantford, ON
T: 519.756.5932

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Alex Webb Wins the "Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas"

Alex Webb - The winning photograph is "Mexico. Oaxaca state. Tehuantepec. 1985. Children Playing in a Courtyard."

Alex Webb started his education in photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, completing his academic degree with History studies at the same university. His professional career began as a reporter. For many years, he worked for prestigious magazines such as Life, Geo and New York Times Magazine, and in 1976 he joined the prestigious agency Magnum Photos as an associate member, becoming a full member since 1979. He was elected President of the agency this past summer.

The Council of Alcobendas has awarded a prize for Alex Webb’s work, recognizing the highly humanistic and technical quality of his photographs, which show a “lyric and realistic” sense of childhood and an overall sense of being human. The winning photograph (on the left) is “Mexico. Oaxaca state. Tehuantepec. 1985. Children playing in a courtyard.”

The Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas comes with 10.000 Euro, and the prizewinner must be a documentary photographer who illustrates the rights of childhood throughout his career. The work must encourage reflection on the different and fascinating questions that characterize the global situation of children.

The jury was composed by Lola Garrido, collector and independent curator; Pepe Font de Mora, director of the Foundation Foto Colectania; Carlos Perz Siquier, photographer, National Prize of Photography 2003; Jose Maria Diaz-Maroto, photographer and curator of the Alcobendas’s Collection; and Eva Tomo, Culture and Childhood City Councilor of Alcobendas.

Alex Webb will receive the prize on November 18th, 2009 at 7pm n the Cultural Center Pablo Iglesias, from the Major of Alcobendas, Ignacio Garcia de Vinuesa.


The Funding Network - Toronto, November 26th, 2009

A reminder that today The Funding Network - Toronto charity event is taking place.

Each event begins with delicious refreshments, the project presentations, and time for questions and discussions with the presenting organizations. Then an informal pledging session takes place. Each person is entirely free to offer support to all, some, or none of the projects presented on a given day.

The event is at 40 King St East, the Scotia Plaza downtown, on the 44th floor, in the offices of Borden Ladner Gervais. Please rsvp to

You do not have to be a member of The Funding Network to attend and all are welcome. Admission is free, and there is no obligation to make a charitable donation, however, you must register.

To find out more, please visit their website:

“If you think you’re too small to make an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.”


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Anthony Koutras - BENCHmark Program, Public commission 2009

Anthony Koutras has completed and installed his bench artwork, "Camouflage" in Liberty Village (Northwest corner of Liberty and Fraser), Toronto, as part of the BENCHmark Program, 2009.

To see the results of the bench transformation, please go to:

To see other works, part of the BENCHmark program, please go to:

Saturday, November 21, 2009


November 21st, 2009

Lieux Mêmes

3:00 PM


Dir. Bertrand Carrière (Canada: 2009) 9 min. 40 sec.

Chemins de cendres, a project that developed out of an ongoing photo series “Lieux Mêmes” retraces images of the Western Front taken by an unknown Canadian photographer during the First World War. Projected as a dual-frame display, the video juxtaposes still video shots of current day sites related to the WW1 -battlefields, rubble-strewn streets, soldier’s portraits in cemeteries, against travel views through train windows in France and Belgium. Opposing stillness and motion, the video becomes a journey of visual and sound contrasts between fixed historical narratives and the changing views of modern memory.


Dir. Peter Weir (Australia: 1981) 110 min.

Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) is an idealistic young Australian rancher with a talent for running. When Australia is putting together regiments to help the British war effort for World War I, he abandons his athletic pursuits and treks off to Perth with his fellow runner and friend Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson), and enlists in the army. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the might of the Turkish army.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Clive Holden - 2 new books out this September

Two new books out this September, "Adventures in Perception", by Scott MacDonald (2009, University of California Press, ), includes an essay and long form interview about Clive Holdens' series "Trains of Winnipeg".

and "Place - 13 Essays, 13 Filmmakers, 1 City", edited by Cecilia Araneda (2009, Winnipeg Film Group), , includes a chapter by Larissa Fan about Clive Holdens' Utopia Suite and Trains of Winnipeg.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clive Holden - The Auteurs: Trains of Winnipeg

The Auteurs: Trains of Winnipeg - 14 Film Poems is now available for viewing everywhere on The Auteurs:

The Auteurs, avant garde and experimental in its filmmaking, has received widespread and high quality distribution. The Auteurs is the Criterion Collection's ON-LINE distributor. From their website: "The Auteurs is a website making great films from prominent festivals around the world accessible to anyone through high-definition video streaming. Together with online film viewing, we bring together the most original coverage of festivals, filmmaking, and cinema culture in the form of an online film magazine. Finally, we unite film watching and film criticism with film discussion by allowing users to rate and review films, as well as discuss cinema in our forums."

Please Note: the first 200 viewings are FREE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bertrand Carrière's current exhibition “Lieux Mêmes” featured in The

"Then and There in the Here and Now"
by Amanda Happé
November 17th, 2009

"Then and There in the Here and Now" by Amanda Happé
November 17th, 2009

There’s something about the quiet landscapes that line the walls of the Stephen Bulger Gallery that’s oddly disquieting. It’s easy to tell that they show vistas far from here—the vegetation and the topography carry those subtle but clear cues of an unfamiliar place—but it’s not that. The lighting seems suspended between an artificial dusk and the bleakest of mid-days, but that’s also not what’s out of place. It’s because there’s something intentionally absent from Canadian photographer Bertrand Carrière’s series “Lieux Mêmes.” They are photographs of something that is no longer there. The subject left the scene ninety years ago.

For the full article click, please go to

Grant Romer gives a lecture at CAMERA

Grant Romer presented "Sight / Insight: Evaluating the Photographic Prints" on June 17, 2009 at Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, ON.

Grant Romer came to George Eastman House in 1975 upon entering the Graduate Photography Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute where he began formal study of the history of photography in 1964 while a student of fine arts.

Specializing in the history and practice of the daguerreotype, Romer began working with Alice Swan, then photograph conservator at George Eastman House. Following Swan’s departure in 1978 and the establishment of the institution’s conservation profile, Romer became its conservator. With strong commitment to sharing the learning resources of the Museum, he opened the laboratory to others through internships, contributing to the professional development of many of the international leaders in the field today.

In response to a growing demand for learning opportunity in the specialty of photograph preservation, Romer established the Certificate Program in Photographic Preservation and Archival Practice at GEH in 1989, which eventually served as the basis for the current Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation, which he directed.

You can see the full presentation at CAMERA here:,_Grant._%22Sight/Insight:_Evaluating_Photographic_Prints%22

Related Links:
From George Eastman House : Notes On Photographs
More on Grant B. Romer:

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Funding Network, November 26th, 2009

“Regardless of the relativities in life—money, beauty, power—at our core we all want the same things; food, shelter, love (fingers crossed) and for our lives to matter. We’re all just struggling members of one race.” Janis Rukavina Thomas, Founder and Chair.

This November 26th, 2009, an innovative charity event is taking place. Created by The Funding Network – Toronto, an extremely unique and dynamic organization, you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate directly, innovative local programs.

Founder and Chair Janis Rukavina Thomas, has created The Funding Network – Toronto, a giving circle to provide all of us an opportunity to hear from different pre-selected charities, to ask questions and then decide which projects, if any, they would like to support. All attendants are able to meet the people who are on the front line of social change work.

Organizations that will be presenting are in the following areas:

  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health
  • Education
  • Conflict Prevention & Resolution

“If you think you’re too small to make an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.”

To find out more, please visit their website:


This event will be held at 40 King St East, the Scotia Plaza downtown, on the 44th floor.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Mr. Pixel Mrs. Grain: A Never-Ending Love Story"

The National Film & Television School in the UK created "Mr. Pixel Mrs. Grain: A Never-Ending Love Story" - a humorous illustration of the benefit from both worlds of Film and Digital.

National Film and Television Board of the United Kingdom:

Friday, November 13, 2009


November 14th, 2009
Lieux Mêmes

3:00 PM


Dir. Bertrand Carrière (Canada: 2009) 9 min. 40 sec.

Chemins de cendres, a project that developed out of an ongoing photo series “Lieux Mêmes” retraces images of the Western Front taken by an unknown Canadian photographer during the First World War. Projected as a dual-frame display, the video juxtaposes still video shots of current day sites related to the WW1 -battlefields, rubble-strewn streets, soldier’s portraits in cemeteries, against travel views through train windows in France and Belgium. Opposing stillness and motion, the video becomes a journey of visual and sound contrasts between fixed historical narratives and the changing views of modern memory.


Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France: 2004) 133 min.

Five desperate men shoot themselves in order to be relieved from the horrifying frontline at the Somme, in WWI. A court-martial decides to punish them by leaving them alone in no-man's land, to be killed in the crossfire. The fiancée of one of these men, Methilde (Audrey Tautou), receives information that makes her suspect her love may have gotten away alive. Methilde embarks on a painful, long and often frustrating journey to find out the truth. This task is not made any easier due to a bout she had with polio as a child, leaving her unable to walk. What follows is an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Arts community comes together to remember
By David Lea, Oakville Beaver Staff
Arts & Entertainment
Nov 04, 2009

Old bunkers covered in graffiti, crumbling fortifications atop chalk-white cliffs, moss covered anti-tank barriers silently guarding an empty beach.

The photos, currently on display at the Oakville Galleries, are of the beaches of Dieppe as they appear today.

The tranquil and hauntingly beautiful images, taken by Bertrand Carrière, belie the violence and destruction of the setting’s Second World War past.

In 1942, Dieppe was the scene of one of Canada’s greatest military catastrophes when a raid by nearly 5,000 Canadian soldiers was met with murderous resistance from the occupying German forces.

At the conclusion of the battle, more than 900 Canadians had been killed with more than 1,800 taken prisoner.

“The artist Bertrand Carrière went to these beaches and photographed the way they look today, which is basically how they were left after this raid,” said Elizabeth Underhill, interim curatorial assistant and registrar.

“These images are quite beautiful, but they are also quite haunting in the way this moment in history has been frozen in time.”
For Second World War pilot Wess McIntosh, the exhibit serves as a reminder of just how poorly planned the Dieppe Raid really was.

A photo of an abandoned concrete bunker embedded within the nearby cliffs illustrates just how protected the Germans were and how exposed the Canadians would have been as they charged up the beaches.

“They didn’t have a chance,” said McIntosh, gesturing to the bunker photo.

“They weren’t killed, they were murdered. Some of our guys tried to climb up the cliffs and the Germans were just shooting them. How can you shoot a gun when you’re climbing up a hill.”

For local writer Tom Douglas, who has written extensively about Canada at war, the photos stirred memories of his own journey to Dieppe and of those who fought there.

“I had a Sunday school teacher, when I was a young boy, who fought at Dieppe. One Sunday it happened to be the anniversary of Dieppe and he tried to explain to us what it was like to give your life for a fellow man. This didn’t mean anything to us at the time and we giggled and laughed and threw bread crusts at each other and he broke down and cried and left,” said Douglas. “To this day I feel so bad about that and I wish I could go back to him and say, ‘Now I understand.’”

Besides the photos, the exhibit also features a documentary of Carrière’s visit to Dieppe.

During this visit Carrière took the photos of more than 900 current members of the Canadian Forces and placed them on the beach in an effort to show what 900 casualties really looks like. The Dieppe photos, which will be on display until Nov. 22, is not the only war-related art exhibit in town, with the Oakville arts community unveiling many others in honour of Remembrance Day.

Another such exhibit, displayed at the Oakville Museum, located at 8 Navy St., is entitled Words to End All Wars and features letters, postcards, diaries and poems written during the First World War.

With many of the letters written by Oakville soldiers within the trenches of France and Belgium the exhibit goes a long way to allowing readers to understand not only what the war was like, but who the soldiers writing the letters really were.

“The Germans are pretty lively this morning and shells have been coming at regular intervals and while I write (Fritz) is shelling one of our flying machines, but they never seem to hit one yet and they just torment the life out of them by turning and flying back over our lines,” reads one letter.

“We had some great fun the other afternoon. A bunch of us fellows got some pails and went drowning rats out from under our huts. We finished three huts and it kept the two dogs busy killing them. The first hut we killed 47, the second 85, and the hut we sleep in over 30 so you can see for yourself just the amount of rats we have around.”

Other artifacts at this exhibit included German First World War helmets, Canadian First World War uniforms, a German belt with the words ‘Gott Mit Uns’ (God is with Us) inscribed on it and a piece of a German airplane, which was dissected by souvenir-hungry Allied soldiers after it was shot down.

Curator of Collections Carolyn Cross noted that seeing these artifacts, which were generously loaned to the museum by numerous Oakville residents, allows observers to see the shadows of war in a way history textbooks simply cannot match.

“There are two letters from George Brock Chisholm, one that was written to his father, so military man to military man as well as a letter written to his friends back home. It’s neat to see the different tones of these letters coming from the same man and how he grows over the years and his experiences in the First World War,” said Cross.

“He’s not just a name and a soldier, he’s a real person with hopes and dreams and a personality.”

Words to End All Wars will be on display until June 6, 2010.
Information on additional artistic tributes to Oakville’s veterans can be seen online by visiting .

Original Link: Oakville Beaver

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Larry Towell - keynote speaker at Exposure 2010 in Calgary, Banff

Exposure 2010 | Calgary Banff Photography Festival

Monday, November 9, 2009
More on Larry Towell

Arguably Canada's best known photojournalist, Larry Towell will be the keynote speaker during Exposure 2010 this February.

But before that Towell's work will be showcased in a gallery operated by the famed photo collective Magnum that opens November 20th.

It will be situated in the Saint Germain des Prés district of Paris and Towell's unwavering photojournalism will be key to the exhibition in this new venue.

Related Link:
Exposure 2010

Jeff Thomas, Home/land & Security, artist and curator

Home/land & Security
A project by Jeff Thomas commissioned by RENDER
November 6, 2009 through February 13, 2010

Opening reception, roundtable discussion and video screenings:
Saturday, November 21

1 - 4 pm @ RENDER, University of Waterloo main campus
6 - 9 pm @ Waterloo Architecture, Cambridge
(additional screenings and gatherings TBA)

With Home/land & Security, artist and curator Jeff Thomas offers a distinct response to the land disputes that have erupted along Ontario’s Grand River valley on land defined as the Haldimand Tract. Initially developed out of a consideration of the ongoing conflict between members of the Six Nations and building developers in the town of Caledonia, Thomas’s project has expanded to embrace broader concepts of home and security and to explore the divisions between native and non-native communities. Commissioned by RENDER, the project embodies a hybrid artist/curator approach, with Thomas producing a new body of work that forms the basis of a dialogue with other artists. Thomas’s goal is to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and a deeper understanding of the history of the region.

The Six Nations were granted the Haldimand Tract by the British crown in 1784 following the American Revolution. Originally encompassing all of the land six miles back from each shore of the Grand River, the tract was reduced over the years through land transfers (many disputed) and government intervention, leaving the Six Nations with only a small reserve located between Brantford and Caledonia. Challenges to the loss of land have been ongoing since the late 18th century, however, in recent years these have become more high profile and confrontational with the recent standoff at the Douglas Estates near Caledonia being a prime example. Much of the original Haldimand Tract is now the site of established towns and cities, including Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge (RENDER’s primary programming region), and areas of these communities are the focus of additional land disputes.

Home/land & Security
includes new works by Barry Ace, Sara Angelucci, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Michael Belmore, Ron Benner, Rosalie Favell, Lorraine Gilbert, Jamelie Hassan, Pat Hess, Penny McCann, Wanda Nanibush, Shelley Niro, Bear Thomas and Eric Walker, along with works by Jeff Thomas and archival images from Six Nations. Home/land & Security is a major programming initiative for RENDER. It represents a considered extension of RENDER’s interdisciplinary research approach and further expands on the critical links between the university and surrounding community by engaging with a complex issue that will actively define the future of the region.

In addition to the exhibition in RENDER’s gallery space on the main campus of the University of Waterloo, works will also be installed at Waterloo Architecture and at the Grand House in Cambridge. Home/land and Security has received the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Media Contact:
Andrew Hunter, Director/Curator
519-888-4567 x33575

East Campus Hall
University of Waterloo
263 Phillip Street
Waterloo, Ontario

Waterloo Architecture
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario

Grand House
68 Roseview Avenue
Cambridge, Ontario

Image: Jeff Thomas, The Delegate posed along the Grand River, Waterloo, Ontario, 2009
GPS: N43 21.452 W80 19.002. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Join us tonight to launch Vincenzo Pietropaolo's new book "Harvest Pilgrims"

Reginald Cabey, from Montserrat, loading cauliflower, Waterford, Ontario, 1987

The gallery would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of Canadian photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo's new book Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada (BTL Books, 2009).

Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada

Book Launch and Artist Talk: Tuesday, November 10th, 7–9pm. The Artist Talk will take place from 7:30pm-8pm (please arrive early as seating is limited).

Award-winning photographer and social activist Vincenzo Pietropaolo has been photographing migrant agriculture workers and recording their stories since 1984. He has travelled to forty locations throughout Ontario and visited the workers’ homes in Mexico, Jamaica, and Montserrat.

Pietropaolo has borne witness to these “harvest pilgrims”: the tens of thousands of migrant workers who arrive in the spring and leave in the fall. They are the backbone of the agricultural industry in Canada and, yet, continue to be denied many of the basic workplace rights that protect other workers in Canada.

Pietropaolo has published six previous photographic books, which include Not Paved with Gold (2006) and Celebration of Resistance (1999) with BTL Books. His work can be found in many prominent collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; National Archives of Canada, Ottawa; amongst many others.

Harvest Pilgrims was published by BTL Books ( and made possible by a grant from the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (

On their first morning in Canada, Mexican workers are taken shipping
for food and supplies,St. Catharines, Ontario, 1987