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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

DISPATCH: WAR PHOTOGRAPHS IN PRINT, 1854 – 2008
September 17 – December 7, 2014
Curated by Dr. Thierry Gervais
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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DISPATCH: WAR PHOTOGRAPHS IN PRINT, 1854–2008

Image caption: Francois Sully, Untitled [Vietnam], July 16, 1962, gelatin silver print. BS.2005.078418 / 47-370.­ The Black Star Collection, Ryerson Image Centre.

DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854–2008 examines the production of war photographs, the role of photojournalists, and their collaboration with picture editors in the press. From Roger Fenton’s collodion plate photographs taken during the Crimean War (1853–1856) to Luc Delahaye’s images of the recent conflicts in Afghanistan (2001–present), the photographic representation of war has evolved dramatically in the occidental press over the past 150 years.

By comparing original prints with their reproductions in magazines, and in exhibiting other modes through which visual news is disseminated, DISPATCH reveals that taking a shot is only one step in the process of illustrating a war. Picture editors and art directors have always selected, trimmed, ordered and sequenced war photographs to suit their particular needs. This exhibition views these photographs not as windows open to the world, but as representations that are the product of changing editorial figures, aesthetic priorities and historical contexts.


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Related events: 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:30 pm
Louie Palu in conversation with Dr. Thierry Gervais
Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre
Join DISPATCH curator Dr. Thierry Gervais in conversation with photographer Louie Palu, one of the artists featured in the exhibition. The event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early to ensure seating. Click here to stream the lecture.

Wednesday, November 26, 6 pm
Exhibition tour of DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854 – 2008 with curator Dr. Thierry Gervais

For a complete listing of events and lectures, please click here.

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