Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vincenzo Pietropaolo Launches his Book “Invisible No More” Tonight!

The gallery would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of Canadian photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo's new book Invisible No More (Rutgers University Press).

Book Launch and Artist Talk: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The Artist Talk will take place from 7:30pm-8pm (please arrive early as seating is limited).

David, Quadra Island, BC, 2008

In his latest book, Invisible No More, renowned photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo presents a moving chronicle —a celebration—of people with intellectual disabilities, which he produced at the invitation of the Canadian Association for Community Living.

Published by Rutgers University Press, this is Pietropaolo’s eighth collection of documentary photographs to appear as a monograph. The book is hard cover, has 160 pages, with 100 colour and black and white photographs, and 35 evocative stories written by the artist.

From the foreword by Wayne Johnston:

“This book is composed of photographs as well as words. Photography is another kind of language. The eloquence in Vincenzo Pietropaolo’s photographs is evident even to those who will tell you that they do not “know” photography. He has travelled the country to gather images and stories of a group of people that he loves and honors by making them subject of his art…They are an invisible minority. This book and its maker seek to change that. …He seeks to make visible the living and the dead, the historical present and the historical past—the story of the thousands who died unacknowledged, unremembered, in hospitals and in foster homes”.

The artist would like to express his gratitude to Catherine Frazee, Wayne Johnston, the Stephen Bulger Gallery, the Canadian Association for Community Living, Rutgers University Press, and the many families and individuals whose collaboration made the book possible.

Nathan and Roch, Ottawa, 2008

About Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Italian-born (1951) Vincenzo Pietropaolo is an independent photographer based in Toronto. Active in photography since 1971, he is self-taught, and since 1992 has pursued a full-time career as a freelance photographer after leaving a parallel career as a town planner with the city of Toronto. His artistry and social commitment have won him widespread recognition and awards. Canadian Geographic magazine recently (2006) called him “one of Canada’s pre-eminent documentary photographers.” His work exploring the immigrant experience, including Italian immigrants, migrant farm workers, and refugees in Canada has been widely acclaimed. He is noted for his documentation of the world of work and the labour movement, as well as for his exploration of urban issues in cities like Toronto, New York, Havana, and Mexico City. He lectures at colleges and universities, frequently exhibits internationally, and has published eight books of photography. His work is included in many institutional and corporate collections.

A short video on the book: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFbZgdbgmn4&feature=youtu.be

For more information on Vincenzo Pietropaolo visit his artist page: www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist.asp?ArtistID=62

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