The Ryerson Image Centre opens Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

. January 22, 2014

The Ryerson Image Centre presents Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness on view January 22 – April 13, 2014.

Robert Burley, View of Building 7 and 11 from the roof of Building 9, Kodak Canada, Toronto, 2006. Pigment print, mounted on dibond © Robert Burley. Reproduction courtesy the artist and the Ryerson Image Centre

Robert Burley, View of Building 7 and 11 from the roof of Building 9, Kodak Canada, Toronto, 2006. Pigment print, mounted on dibond © Robert Burley. Reproduction courtesy the artist and the Ryerson Image Centre

The exhibition examines both the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005 and 2010 speak to sites and events related to the key corporations involved in this transformation, such as Kodak, Agfa and Ilford. As an artist working in photography for the past thirty years, Burley has been both an observer and a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses both the emergence of a new technology, which irrevocably changed photography, as well as the abrupt and rapid breakdown of a century old industry, which embodies the medium’s material culture.

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