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At the Ryerson Image Centre, Robert Burley Photographs the Demise of Film

Robert Burley's View of Building 7 and 11 from the Roof of Building 9, Kodak Canada (photo: Ryerson Image Centre)

Robert Burley’s View of Building 7 and 11 from the Roof of Building 9, Kodak Canada (photo: Ryerson Image Centre)

JANUARY 22 TO APRIL 13  Spurred by the 2005 closure of a once-sprawling Kodak factory in northwestern Toronto, as well as similar sites across the continent, Robert Burley decided to aim his lens at the photography’s shifting landscape. His exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, titled The Disappearance of Darkness, focuses on sites and scenes that expose the demise of film-manufacturing facilities and the industrial darkroom. Part documentary, part homage to old traditions, Burley’s images—shot on film, of course, with a large-scale camera—reel the viewer into the gutted halls of abandoned buildings to depict an industry in the throes of radical change.  —Sara Burnside Menuck

• Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., 416-979-5164; ryerson.ca/ric
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