A Visual Legacy: the City of Toronto's Use of Photography 1856-1997



This exhibition presents images that were commissioned by the City of Toronto or produced by the municipality’s official photographers between 1856 and 1997. They were taken for specific administrative purposes and they provide an extraordinary visual legacy of 140 years of urban development, municipal initiatives, and visiting dignitaries, politicians, religious leaders, and celebrities. The photographs speak to relevant urban issues and reflect the changing role of the City’s official photographers as their primary focus began shifting during the 1960s from recording the activities of the municipal departments and the city’s evolving infrastructure, to documenting official civic events and producing public relations and marketing photographs.

Curated by Steve MacKinnon