Today, on Toronto’s 175th anniversary, Spacing is happy to give our city a present. Actually, it’s 175 presents.
Spacing has teamed up with our cast of photographers to donate 175 photographs to the City of Toronto’s Archives.
The intended donation (Spacing and the Archives are still working out the finer details) consists of photos from our magazine and images that have appeared on each photographer’s photoblog. The reason for the gift is simple: many local photographers have contributed an unbelievable collection of images to the Archives for all of us to gain a greater understanding of Toronto’s history. Spacing‘s editors thought it would be selfish and inconsiderate of us if we didn’t do the same thing for future generations. While our collection of 175 photos is modest, our hope is to continue to add a handful of photos after each issue is published.
These are the photographers who have generously donated between 5 to 15 photos each:
• Sam Javanrouh: topleftpixel.com
• Miles Storey: mute.rigent.com
• Rannie Turingan: photojunkie.ca
• Bouke Salverda: aidanfotos.com
• Adam Krawesky: inconduit.com
• Gayla Trail: makinghappy.com
• Davin Risk: lowresolution.com
• Payam Rajabi: colourblind.ca
• Matt O’Sullivan: thenarrative.net
• Hamish Grant: hame.ca
• Tanja Tiziana Burdi: doublecrossed.ca
• Jerrold Litwinenko: photosapience.com
• Sean Galbraith: smlg.ca
• Roger Cullman: rogercullman.com
• David Michael Lamb: arcticlamb.ca
• Yvonne Bambrick: yvonnebambrick.com
• Matthew Blackett: mattbimages.com
Toronto’s photo archives have been populated by a small but prolific group of photographers. Among them: William James, often referred to as Canada’s first photojournalist, and his family, who have over 12,000 images in their collection (always labelled with “fonds 1244”); Nearly 26,000 images from the former City of Toronto Works Department, taken by City Photographer Arthur Goss and his staff between 1911 and 1940; Over 2,000 images documenting the construction of the Yonge subway line; and the Alexandra Studios collection of over 9,000 photos of Toronto landmarks, dignitaries, and events.
photo by Sam Javanrouh