Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
John E. Ackerman, Harold and Gary with Mrs. Tattlebaum, 1957. Archival Pigment Print, 5 x 7”. © Ontario Jewish Archives, Blan- kenstein Family Heritage Centre (UJA Federation), accession 2013-10-3
John E. Ackerman, Harold and Gary with Mrs. Tattlebaum
John E. Ackerman, Friends at Smith's Bay House, 1944. Archival Pigment Print, 5 x 5”. © Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (UJA Federation), accession 2013-10-3
John E. Ackerman, Friends at Smith's Bay House
John E. Ackerman, Frances, 1958. Archival Pigment Print, 5 x 7”. © Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (UJA Federation), accession 2013-10-3
John E. Ackerman, Frances
John E. Ackerman, Men outside Ackerman's Grocery Store, C. 1940. Archival pigment print, 5 x 7”. © Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (UJA Federation), accession 2013-7-13
John E. Ackerman, Men outside Ackerman's Grocery Store
2018 Featured Exhibition

Dr. John E. Ackerman
Collecting Moments: The Photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman

May 17–June 10, 2018
Black Cat Artspace
2186 Dundas St W

Collecting Moments portrays stories of youth, love, and celebration through the photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman (1921 – 2008). An accomplished amateur photographer, Ackerman’s images provide both a personal and historical account of life in Toronto in the mid-20th century. His photographs offer an intimate glimpse into the city’s first immigrant neighbourhood, St. John’s Ward, where the Ackerman family lived and owned a grocery store. Ackerman often turned his eye toward beauty found in the familiar, photographing everyday activity on the streets and joyful moments with his family, friends, and neighbours.

This exhibition is organized by the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (OJA), a department of UJA Federation. The exhibition images are produced from archival negatives from the Ackerman collection, which has never before been exhibited to the public. Ackerman’s collection is held at the OJA.

Curated by Charlotte Gagnier and Sarah Proulx

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