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The Ryerson Image Centre Documents Human Rights (and Wrongs)

Ryerson Image Centre Photojournalism Human Rights

Among the Black Star Collection photographs on display at the Ryerson Image Centre is Bob Fitch’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Birmingham, Alabama, December 1965 (photo: Ryerson Image Centre)

JANUARY 23 TO APRIL 14  Few art forms offer such unfettered insight into the human condition as photojournalism. The Ryerson Image Centre makes this clear in its latest exhibition, Human Rights Human Wrongs, which draws on the famed Black Star Collection to present a compelling view of the endless struggle for equality. Capturing events as dichotomous as Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, the display considers some of humanity’s great moments of triumph alongside our most terrible offences. It also addresses important questions about photojournalism’s ethics and efficacy, and the legacy that such images leave behind.  —Craig Moy

>> Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., 416-979-5164; ryerson.ca/ric
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Hot Art: World Press Photo’s Global Lens

Yasuyoshi Chiba’s Agence France Presse image of the Japanese tsunami’s aftermath is one of many at the 2012 World Press Photo exhibition.

OCTOBER 3 TO 24  It’s safe to say that quite a lot transpired during the year that was 2011: the Arab Spring begat major political change in the Middle East and North Africa; the Occupy Wall Street protests sought to unite the “99 per cent”; Japan was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and nearly a nuclear meltdown. The common thread of these events and others? They were all captured by intrepid international photojournalists, whose best shots are on display as part of the annual World Press Photo exhibition. The dozens of prize-winning images reveal the full range of human experience, and remind us of the recent history that continues to shape our present and future.

Travel Tuesday Q&A with Photojournalist Kirsten Murphy

Kirsten Murphy is a self-taught photojournalist based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She travels around the north as a regular contributor for Up Here magazine and a sometime host and producer for CBC. A recent trip to Ivvavik National Park in the Yukon was featured in the Globe and Mail. Her work has also appeared in Maclean’s and the National Post, in Frommer’s guidebooks and on CBC.ca. She’s excited about working on a book about northern dogs and a photo essay about emerging chicken farms in Hay River, Northwest Territories. (more…)

Hot Art: Photojournalism in Focus

Corentin Fohlen’s photo of anti-government riots in Bangkok, Thailand (for FedePhoto)

OCTOBER 5 TO 26 The year 2010 was, like every year, filled with both triumph and turmoil. The World Cup of soccer, for example, captured the attention of billions, while flooding displaced more than a million people in Pakistan, and Haiti sought to recover from a devastating earthquake. Photojournalists captured the human angle of these events and many others, and their efforts are on display this month at the annual World Press Photo exhibition at Brookfield Place. Culled from thousands of submitted pictures, these most affecting images depict the joy and suffering that comes with our existence, helping us to see the world through a new lens.