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At the AGO, Photographer Scott McFarland Shows Land- and Cityscapes

Scott McFarland's Man on Ladder, Royal Street, New Orleans

Scott McFarland’s Man on Ladder, Royal Street, New Orleans

MAY 14 TO AUGUST 10  Take a good long look at the photos of Scott McFarland, and in doing so, consider the purpose of photography itself. Held over from May’s Contact Festival, the B.C.-born, Toronto-based image maker’s solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario features more than 40 of his recent works, shot in Toronto, New Orleans and other locales. At first glance the pieces appear to be typical, if highly detailed, land- and streetscapes. In fact, they’re meticulously crafted composites: closer inspection reveals subtle anomalies that shift the idea of a photograph capturing a singular scene or moment, forcing viewers to question the “authentic” makeup of a depicted place.  —Craig Moy

• Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648; ago.net
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