Canadian photos from the New York Times donated to Ryerson Image Centre
Nearly 25,000 images from the Canadian collection of the New York Times will be donated to Ryerson University’s photography collection, a gift from Toronto real estate entrepreneur Chris Bratty.
It was in 2008 when Bratty first saw the newspaper’s archival photos of Canada, capturing landmark events in the history of the country, from the years leading up to World War I up until the 90s.
He ended up buying the Times’ Canadian photo collection, and in the coming months, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will be the beneficiary of the photographs that would end up as an important resource for studying Canadian history through the lens of the American newspaper.
The photos will comprise the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, and is set to be launched as the exhibition The Faraway Nearby at the RIC from September 13 to December 10, 2017.Bratty said the photos have found a home to tell the Canadian story.
“This collection captures thousands of Canadian stories over the course of the 20th Century. It gives me great pleasure to bring it home to Canada, where it can tell those stories to Canadians,” he said.
The Faraway Nearby exhibit will highlight photos of major political events and other landmark moments in Canada’s history, iconic heroes and portraits of notable Canadians, as seen and represented in the New York Times. Denise Birkhofer, RIC Collections Curator, said the exhibit offers an opportunity “to reflect on how Canadian identity has been constructed and disseminated in news photographs, by agents both within and outside of its national borders.”
Once accessible, the photos will be made part of the RIC’s permanent collection, and will be available by appointment to students, scholars and curators.