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In 1977\, the Art Gallery of O ntario purchased its first photograph — Arnold Newman’s collage portrait of Henry Moore\, a fitting complement to the recent gift of Moore's plasters to the AGO. From this single photograph (and a few others that accidentally found their way into the building)\, the Gallery’s photography holdings ha ve grown into a cornerstone collection that now numbers more than 50\,000 w orks. And portraits remain one of its strongest threads.

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Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits an d Photography — a Primary Exhibition for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photog raphy Festival in the context of its 2013 theme Field of Vision — celebrate s the collection\, how it came into being and how it has evolved since 1977 . Presented as five propositions in two parts over the course of a year\, t he exhibition will feature more than 200 photographs from the collection\, many shown for the first time. Each proposition offers a slice into the col lection\, eclectic\, at times playful\, but nonetheless historically ground ed.

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Part I spotlights three propositi ons. The introductory gallery brings together works under the proposition “ Light My Fire.” The works here convey a certain lyric and pictorial intensi ty\, created as the artists enhanced the impact of their images with colour \, soft focus\, materials or other techniques. Robert Flaherty renders Fran ces Loring and Florence Wyle in cyanotype. An unknown artist embellishes wi th velvet flowers and red frame a simple tintype of a young woman. Just ove r a hundred years later\, Paul Graham delivers an existential cast to his p ortrait of another young woman\, in a nightclub in soft-focus orange\, as s he takes a drag on her cigarette.

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“We are Monuments” explores the idea of portraits as monuments in all senses — literally\, formally and metaphorically. The statuesque full-length views of the patrons of William Notman's Montreal studio join Brassaï’s intimate look over the shoulder of sculptor Aristide Maillol. Edward Steichen animat es Rodin’s sculpture of Balzac\, while Gilbert &\; George mimic architec ture on the steps of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

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Heralded by Lynne Cohen’s deadpan photograph Men’s Club\, “We are Multiplied” looks at various manifestations of the group port rait\, a signal of social belonging. James Inglis created a composite of hu ndreds of faces for his 1875 portrait of a gathering of Presbyterians in Mo ntreal\, while an unknown Ottawa photographer documents a corps of sea cade ts in panorama.

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The exhibition also i ncludes works by Richard Avedon\, Julia Margaret Cameron\, Yousuf Karsh\, L iz Magor\, Arnaud Maggs\, Michael Mitchell\, Irving Penn and Christopher Wa hl\, among others.

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Together\, these w orks celebrate the creative possibilities of portraiture in photography. Th e rich variety of approaches evident in the show highlights the interplay b etween photographers and their subjects\, the ways we have continued to inv ent ourselves and others in photographs\, and how these visions have change d throughout the medium’s history.

DTEND:20131020 DTSTAMP:20141221T120950 DTSTART:20130504 GEO:43.6536766;-79.3923394 LOCATION:Art Gallery of Ontario\,317 Dundas Street \nWest Toronto\, Ontario M5T 1G4 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography ( Part I)\, Richard Avedon\, Julia Margaret Cameron\, Lynne Cohen\, Robert Fl aherty\, Gilbert & George\, Paul Graham\, Yousuf Karsh\, Arnaud Maggs\, Liz Magor\, Aristide Maillol\, Michael Mitchell\, Irving Penn\, Edward Steiche n\, Christopher Wahl UID:275392 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR