The work of Stan Douglas affirms the validity and volatility of photography at this decisive moment in the history of art and media. The continuous fluctuations in optical technology, the reduction of images to data, and the everyday use of photographs in social media have resulted in challenging questions regarding how images are made, used, and distributed. This exhibition presents iconic images that explore the complex relationships between documentary and directorial photography that constitute the extensive portfolio of Douglas’ photographic work.

The Scotiabank Photography Award is a prestigious acknowledgement of the outstanding contribution that Stan Douglas has made to art and photography. In every historical era there are artists who, in addition to maintaining a visible and professional practice, invent, influence, and redefine the reception of art in ways that will endure. Douglas shares this distinction.


Presented by Scotiabank
Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre