Colonial India for a post-colonial world: A review of the ROM’s latest photography exhibition


The scores of photographs in the newest exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) are all the more revealing because we know what happened in the century after they were captured. Between Princely India & the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal records nineteenth-century colonial India but tells a story that continues long after Victoria’s imperial rule. Raja Deen Dayal was born...

Andrei Tarkovsky’s photos, Augusten Burroughs’s boyfriend, and Daniel Pink’s work habits: Bookishness for May 27, 2013


The Economist asks… How does copyright work in space? Tarkovsky’s mysteries The polaroids of Andrei Tarkovsky. Hyperlocal Wayne Chan’s Epicycles of Time won the public vote in the Canada Writes Hyperlocal contest. The grand prize winner will be announced this week. Being Daniel Pink Lifehacker asks Daniel Pink how he works. “Language Police 1, Gay Marriage 0”...

36 exposures, Seinfeld vs. Girls, and the underground library: Bookishness for Mar. 11, 2013


1500 volts 36 Exposures “[To] stop. To pause. To Wait. To not know the outcome of a shutter press.” “The whole thing just seems SO self-indulgent.” If people talked about Seinfeld the way they talk about Girls. Bringing the library underground I admire the creativity that went into this as yet imaginary ad campaign for the public library, but as a librarian I have to point...

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection at the Ryerson Image Centre


Reviewed in this essay: “Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection,” Ryerson Image Centre inaugural exhibition. Ryerson University recently became home to the Black Star Collection, a massive archive of photojournalistic prints (over 292,000 objects) that together document the cultural, social, and political history of the 20th century. To mark this significant acquisition...

Tracing the Heat of Others in Nancy Huston’s Infrared


Reviewed in this essay: Infrared, by Nancy Huston. McArthur and Company, 2011. Paris is burning and Rena Greenblat has averted her eyes, and more importantly, her camera. While social unrest heats up the city that she lives and loves in, she refuses to return to Paris to do what she does best—hold up a photographic mirror to show the participants where their hot spots are located. Rena is on a...