June 25, 2013 at 10:00 am
From the Toronto Archives, a Photographic Record of Street Life
The City of Toronto Archives shows off its collection of street photography.
261582 Lester Pawis posing outside the Red Indian Art Deco Store, Queen Street West, March 1999. Photo by Ivaan Kotulsky. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 427, Series 1907, File 149, Item 9. 20130625pawis https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625pawis-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625pawis.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625pawis.jpg 1024 683  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625pawis/ 20130625pawis 0 0
261583 Young man and woman in the doorway of Shoppers Drug Mart, north side of Queen Street West, east of Bathurst Street, between 1990 and 2000. Photo by Ivaan Kotulsky. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 427, Series 1908, File 27. 20130625shoppers https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625shoppers-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625shoppers.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625shoppers.jpg 1024 1529  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625shoppers/ 20130625shoppers 0 0
261584 Two women walking by Designer Fabric Outlet, Queen Street West, between 1990 and 2000. Photo by Ivaan Kotulsky. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 427, Series 1907, File 176, Item 10. 20130625twowomen https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625twowomen-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625twowomen.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625twowomen.jpg 1024 692  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625twowomen/ 20130625twowomen 0 0
261585 Children living in slums, circa 1911. Photo by William James. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 8033. 20130625childrenslums https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625childrenslums-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625childrenslums.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625childrenslums.jpg 1024 722  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625childrenslums/ 20130625childrenslums 0 0
261586 Child selling tomatoes in Chinatown. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 344, Item 10. 20130625chinatown https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625chinatown-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625chinatown.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625chinatown.jpg 1024 690  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625chinatown/ 20130625chinatown 0 0
261587 Mr. and Mrs. Fair and aunt, 1914. Photo by William James. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 427. 20130625fair https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625fair-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625fair.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625fair.jpg 1024 1483  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625fair/ 20130625fair 0 0
261588 News box, southeast corner of King and Yonge Streets, November 4, 1937. City of Toronto Archvies, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 58, Item 1455. 20130625newsbox https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625newsbox-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625newsbox.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625newsbox.jpg 1024 677  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625newsbox/ 20130625newsbox 0 0
261591 Kensington Market, between 1964 and 1974. Photo by Ellis Wiley. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 7, Item 13. 20130625kensington https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625kensington-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625kensington.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625kensington.jpg 1024 1525  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625kensington/ 20130625kensington 0 0
261592 Woman in leopard coat outside The Beer Store at Queen Street West and Markham Street, between 1990 and 2000. Photo by Ivaan Kotulsky. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 427, Series 1908, File 436. 20130625leopard https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625leopard-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625leopard.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625leopard.jpg 1024 687  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625leopard/ 20130625leopard 0 0
261593 Man and woman with street vendor trolley, May 2000. Photo by Ivaan Kotulsky. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 427, Series 1907. File 156, Item 2. 20130625streetvendot https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625streetvendot-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625streetvendot.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625streetvendot.jpg 1024 687  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625streetvendot/ 20130625streetvendot 0 0
261594 Yonge Street/Dundas Square. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 308, Item 4. 20130625yonge https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625yonge-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625yonge.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625yonge.jpg 1024 685  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625yonge/ 20130625yonge 0 0
261595 Man wearing cowboy hat playing harmonica on the street, between 1990 and 2000. Photo by Ivaan Kotulsky. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 427, Series 1907, File 238. 20130625harmonica https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625harmonica-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625harmonica.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625harmonica.jpg 1024 679  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625harmonica/ 20130625harmonica 0 0
261598 Man outside Sanko, between 1990 and 2000. Photo by Ivaan Kotulsky. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 427, Series 1908, File 437, Item 1 20130625man https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625man-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625man.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625man.jpg 1024 668  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625man/ 20130625man 0 0
261599 St. James Town. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 381, Item 40. 20130625stjames https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625stjames-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625stjames.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/20130625stjames.jpg 1024 692  https://torontoist.com/2013/06/from-the-toronto-archives-a-photographic-record-of-street-life/slide/20130625stjames/ 20130625stjames 0 0
“Life on the Grid”
City of Toronto Archives ( 255 Spadina Road)
June 27, 2013 to May 2014
The upper crust out for a stroll. Punks resting on a store step. An office worker scanning the day’s news. Sidewalk vendors and performers plying their trades. Children selling produce. The daily routines of Torontonians captured in the gaze of a camera lens.
The genre of street photography is the focus of “Life on the Grid”, a new exhibit inspired by the
City of Toronto Archives‘ recent acquisition of photos taken by Ivaan Kotulsky between 1990 and 2000. Almost every day, before he died in 2008, Kotulsky shot pictures of people outside his jewellery business near Queen Street West and Euclid Avenue, creating a record of the neighbourhood’s street life.
The Kotulsky collection made exhibit curator Patrick Cummins, whose
own photography focuses on the city’s bricks and mortar, think about other examples of street photography within the Archives’ holdings. “There’s been a huge explosion in street photography recently with the advent of the internet and social media,” he notes. “There was a period there where it was under the radar.”
Many of the earliest photos on display provide glimpses into the daily lives of Torontonians only accidentally. Shot for City infrastructure departments like public works and the TTC, they reveal much more than the projects or vehicles they were intended to focus on. As cameras became more portable, everyday photographers captured life passing by while shooting shots of, say, downtown landmarks during their lunch hours.
The image gallery above provides a small sample of the photos on display, which offer a cross-section of Toronto’s social strata over the past century.