Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

From September 20, 2014 through January 4, 2015 in Special Exhibition Galleries

Robert Burley (Canadian, b. 1957). Hallway in Coating Alley, Agfa-Gevaert, Mortsel, Belgium, 2007. Inkjet print. © Robert Burley. Courtesy of the Ryerson Image Centre

Robert Burley (Canadian, b. 1957). Art Photo Studio: Closed Due to Retirement, Toronto, Canada, 2005. Inkjet print. © Robert Burley. Courtesy of the Ryerson Image Centre

The exhibition Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness 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 (Kodak, Agfa, 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.

— Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator, Ryerson Image Centre 
Produced and organized by the Ryerson Image Centre with generous support from Canada Council for the Arts.


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