Phil Bergerson: A Retrospective
May 05, 2020
13.2 X 10.8 X 1.0 inches | 4.55 pounds
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About the Author
Don Snyder studied photography with Walker Evans at Yale University and with Minor White in the graduate program at MIT. Before joining Ryerson University's faculty, he held an appointment as the first Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art in the US, where he established the Gallery's photography exhibition program. He has written on photographic history and criticism for a number of periodicals, has edited four books and curated more than sixty exhibitions in Canada and the US, and has held appointments at SUNY Buffalo and Bennington College. At Ryerson, he established the Ryerson Gallery at 80 Spadina, an exhibition space in the downtown arts district, and was instrumental in the founding of Function, the School's annual publication of student work, essays and interviews. Between 2005 and 2010, he served as the Chair of Ryerson's School of Image Arts. He also taught in Ryerson's graduate programs in Communication and Culture, Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, and the Documentary Media MFA program.
Peter Higdon studied photography with David Heath and Art History with Ian Wallace. He is the Founding Collections Curator of the Ryerson Image Centre, (RIC), Ryerson University, Toronto. Over a period of thirty-six years, he drove the expansion of its photographs collection through numerous acquisitions, among them the Black Star Collection of photojournalism (292,000 prints). Funding accompanying this major donation allowed commencement of a long- sought building project that yielded museum-standard exhibition spaces and a research centre incorporating a print storage vault. He was also instrumental in the RIC's acquisition of the Berenice Abbott Archive. While building the collection, his work with the Department of Canadian Heritage required extensive written contextual justification and many detailed artist biographies. For 10 years, he was consultant to the graduate students in Ryerson's collection managements program, (FPPCM), and for over 20 years was the Coordinator of Ryerson's Photography Workshop in France. Upon retirement in 2014, the RIC's Research Centre was named in his honour, and an annual graduate scholarship established in his name.
Phil Bergerson has photographed for over 50 years. His work has been exhibited internationally and is found in many prestigious collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Shadai Gallery, Tokyo Japan, the Harry Ransom Center, Austin Texas, and the Creative Center for Photography, Tucson, Arizona. His photographs have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Toronto Life and Walrus Magazine, and his book, Shards of America was published in September 2004 to rave reviews. Since 1972, Bergerson has been a Professor of Photography at Ryerson University in Toronto where he established and organized the influential, International Kodak Lecture Series on photography. He also organized the first International Symposium on Photographic Theory as well as Canadian Perspectives, a National Conference on Photography in Canada. Throughout his career, he also arranged several group photographic study trips to Europe and Asia. His last book was American Artifacts (2014), with introductory essays by Margaret Atwood and Nathan Lyons. Bergerson's entire personal archive has just been acquired by the Library and Archive Canada, in Ottawa. Now Professor Emeritus, he continues to work on Representations of American Cultural Artifacts. He is represented In North America by the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.