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Exposed: Highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive

April 18 to June 14, 2015

TD Gallery, Main Level, Toronto Reference Library

News release

Virtual Exhibit

Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Exposed, featuring highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive. Exposed presents some of the memorable images that graced the pages of Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Powerful and provocative, these photographs were the lens through which Toronto Star readers witnessed the defining moments of the 20th century.

This is the first exhibition at the TD Gallery that showcases a snapshot of the over one million photographs that make up the Toronto Star Photograph Archive. The entire archive was donated to the Toronto Public Library in 2014 and is available to all in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

The 2015 TD Gallery season is generously sponsored by TD Bank Group.

Exhibition Highlights:

  • Original prints of several National Newspaper Award-winning photographs and other award winning work by Toronto Star photographers, including Boris Spremo, C.M.
  • Portraits and landscape photographs by internationally renowned photographers like Yousuf Karsh, Philippe Halsman, Ansel Adams, and Cecil Beaton.
  • The very first wire photos that the Toronto Star received in 1939 when it became the first Canadian newspaper to join the Associated Press wire network.
  • Fascinating and often humorous examples of how photographs were altered and retouched in the days before Photoshop.

About the TD Gallery in the Toronto Reference Library

A relaxed, contemporary exhibit space at the heart of the city, the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library is a space for Torontonians and visitors alike to connect with our collective cultural memory. Stories are told and histories explored through rare and unique items – including art, manuscripts, sculpture, books and artifacts – curated from over four million pieces collected by the library since 1884. Many exhibits also feature complementary contributions from cultural and community partners.


photo from inside TD Gallery
photo from inside TD Gallery