Toronto has been abuzz over a new photography gallery planned by Ryerson University to showcase the 300,000-item Black Star Collection. The Toronto Star says the venue, scheduled to be completed in early 2010, “will instantly become Canada’s most important” photo gallery, and “one of the most significant in the world.”
The Torontoist says the new gallery will provide a huge brand boost for Ryerson, Canada’s largest photography school. Marc Lostracco writes:
In addition to featuring works from the school’s Mira Godard Centre, the gallery will showcase the Black Star collection. New York-based Black Star is the oldest photojournalism agency in the world, and Ryerson is the custodian of 300,000 original images by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Marion Post-Wolcott, and Andreas Feininger.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy believes the gallery will benefit Toronto and all of Canada. “We think it has the potential to become a national centre of photography,” Levy said.
[tags]photojournalism, Black Star Collection[/tags]