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Ryerson Gallery Exhibit May-June 2004

22 Apr. 2004

Media Release
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 305
(King St. & Spadina Ave.)
Toronto, ON, M5V 2J4
Hours: Wed. to Sat. 12 – 5 pm.

History in the Making:
Contemporary Daguerreotypes by Mike Robinson

Exhibition Dates: May 19 – June 5, 2004
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 20, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

History in the Making is the premiere exhibition of daguerreotypes by contemporary Toronto photographer Mike Robinson. Showcased are the diverse works of a modern artist who has chosen to embrace the technology of the first photographic process, the daguerreotype. The secrets of this process were revealed to the world in 1839 by Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre.

This complex process utilizes a silver-coated copper plate that is made light-sensitive with iodine and bromine, developed over mercury vapor, and fixed with gold, creating a singular positive image that is remarkable for its beauty. From its inception, there has been no other photographic medium that compares with the unique presence and intimacy experienced when viewing a daguerreotype first hand.

Mike Robinson is widely recognized as an accomplished modern daguerreian, one of the few in the world. His images convey a distinct duality, with a tone and style that evokes the past while portraying subjects clearly rooted in the present. The timeless qualities of the daguerreotype are seen anew in these portraits, landscapes and still life images.

History in the Making is part of the Contact festival this year and includes a series of educational lectures open to the public designed to explain in detail the complex history of the Daguerreotype and the Daguerreotype process. In addition, Mike is once again teaching his Daguerreotype Workshops during the 2004 Contact events. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own daguerreotype in the skylight studio at Century Darkroom. More information about scheduling of these events will be posted on the Ryerson Gallery website.

This exhibition has been organized by students of the Conservation and Curation class at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, under the direction of Susanne Jeffery. The course, in its sixth year, is designed to allow students the opportunity to produce, in full, an exhibition of professional scope.

For more information please contact:
Ryerson Gallery (416) 703-2235 or www.ryersongallery.ca