Presented by the Ryerson Image Center (RIC) at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)
Online via Zoom on May 18 at noon. Free. Registration required
Join documentary photographer Chris Donovan and RIC Director Paul Roth as they discuss his series The Cloud Factory, on view until June 18, 2022 in the RIC Student Gallery. Named Canadian Photojournalist of the Year for 2017 and 2018, Donovan has focused his work on the wealth divide and the dynamics between industry and communities.
The Cloud Factory lays bare the impact of an oil company and its control over the community of Saint John, where the child poverty rate is almost double the national average. Donovan intimately photographs working-class families and their homes, juxtaposed against the industrial landscape and pollution that surrounds them. With his authentic and humanistic approach, he gains the confidence to tell their stories and, by extension, the hidden story of a place where environmental classism runs rampant.
Biography of the artist:
Chris Donovan is a documentary photographer based between Toronto and New Brunswick. Originally from the city of Saint John, her practice focuses on the intersection of community and industry. The Cloud Factory, in the works for ten years, is her graduation thesis exhibition for her MFA in Documentary Media Program at Metropolitan University of Toronto. His work received the Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award and was featured in a group exhibition produced in partnership with the Ryerson Image Center and the National Gallery of Canada in 2021. He also received the coveted World Press Photo Award, the Environmental Vision Award (University of Missouri) and the Ian Parry Fellowship, and most recently, TMU’s Student Gallery Production Award – In Memory of George Fleischmann. Donovan’s photographs have been shown in group exhibitions in over 40 countries and across Canada, including at the National Gallery of Canada.
Chris Donovan, Boy with Gun, 2017, giclee print. Courtesy of the artist.