Welcome to Regent Park

Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston's latest series of photographs is set in Regent Park. Most people are familiar with Regent Park's reputation as one of Toronto's poorest neighborhoods, but less familiar with the area's unusual and ambitious origins. Built in the 1940's on 69 acres of prime downtown real estate, the aim of the community's original planners was to create a self-contained "garden city". The area is now slated for demolition and rebuilding, and this exhibition gives viewers a chance to look inside the neighborhood that only a few have actually seen. The photographs do not aim to highlight the area's deprivation, and instead capture the diverse makeup of the changing face of Regent Park in a creative and inventive manner that interests and captivates a contemporary audience.