Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Dan J McCoy, Ryerson's Black Star Collection, Shirley Maclaine
Dan J McCoy, Ryerson's Black Star Collection, Shirley Maclaine
2007 Featured Exhibition

THE CELEBRITY PERSONA: THE BLACK STAR COLLECTION AT RYERSON UNIVERSITY

April 30–May 25, 2007
Allen Lambert Galleria, BCE Place
181 Bay St

The Celebrity Persona explores the notion of
the
constructed portrait using photographs from
Ryerson’s Black
Star Historical Black & White Photography
Collection. The
digitally reproduced photographs in the exhibition
speak to the
concept of the constructed nature of photographic
portrayal
while paying particular attention to the staged
celebrity
persona, as well as to the less controlled moments
captured
by the camera which provide insight into an
individual’s
personality and character.

The concept of the unmediated image has been
fundamental
to photojournalism since its early beginnings;
through it news
is conveyed in a way that would not be possible
through the
written word. By delving into areas such as
politics, science,
music, religion and the arts, and in keeping with the
character
of the collection, The Celebrity Persona
proposes to
examine portraiture from the photojournalistic
perspective.

Curated by Valérie Boileau-Matteau

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Photography Festival

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