The Disappearing City, an exhibition of photography by David Kaufman is on now until May 28th at the Bliss Gallery, 1402 Queen Street East.
The Disappearing City” refers to types of buildings that I like to photograph that are rapidly disappearing from the centres of our major cities: factories, store fronts, commercial and institutional buildings built in the late 19th or early to mid-20 century, indicative of the mixture and concentration of functions that gave cities their distinctive feel in the mid-twentieth century….
Thirteen of the buildings photographed for this show have literally disappeared. They include in Toronto the old McMurtry Furniture factory on Dupont, Arc Industries on Eastern Avenue, an attractive barbershop on College Street that’s now a Starbucks. All of them were beautiful in their own way and some deserved to be preserved. Some buildings photographed, like the striking Symes Avenue generating station, are falling down from neglect; others, like the RC Harris filtration plant, are now off-limits to the public.
There aren’t too many of Kaufman’s photos online (yet), so do yourself a favour and go take a look at these bits of the city that you won’t see otherwise.