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July 12, 2010 09:00 ET

Canadian Philanthropist and TOROmagazine.com Unveil Canada's Heritage Through the Eyes of The New York Times

Curated by Caitlin Cronenberg, The NY Times Canadian Photo Archive Will Launch Its Inaugural Exhibition This September

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

This fall, for the first time ever, images from The NY Times Canadian Photo Archive will be displayed in an exclusive preview exhibition that will take place from September 9 - 13, 2010.

Recently acquired by Christopher Bratty, co-founder of TOROmagazine.com and Black Angus Media, the Archive's 24,000 photographs showcase the evolution of Canada over the last 100 years. Bratty purchased the Archive in order to help preserve Canada's legacy and to bring the photographs "home."

"The NY Times Canadian Photo Archive speaks untold volumes about the arc of the Canadian dream," says Bratty. "It frames Canada's rapid rise as one of the world's most progressive nations in dramatic, beautiful, inspiring and sometimes heart-wrenching imagery."

As seen through the lenses of The New York Times' world-renowned photographers, Bratty sees the photos as "an invaluable historical and cultural record of the development of Canada as a nation, and of the Canadian way of life. Exhibiting these images is the perfect way of sharing Canada with the world. I believe these extraordinary photographs will be of significant cultural importance for years to come."

Bratty is working closely with up-and-coming photographer Caitlin Cronenberg to launch a preview exhibition on September 9th that coincides with Toronto International Film Festival, presented by TOROmagazine.com. A prominent follow-up exhibition in Toronto (and additional touring exhibitions across Canada and the United States) are being planned for 2011-2012.

"TOROmagazine.com is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of this extraordinary exhibit," says William Morassutti, Editor-in-Chief of TOROmagazine.com. "As an online magazine, we use state-of-the-art digital technology to build and feature amazing cultural content. TOROmagazine.com is the perfect sponsor to present the Archive's digital photo galleries. The opportunity to exhibit the photos online makes the Archive fully accessible and truly brings Canada to the world."

Caitlin Cronenberg is excited to curate the Archive Preview — a project that gives her the unique opportunity to reinterpret the photos through her distinctive artistic vision.

"The Archive contains some of the most visually stunning images I've ever seen," says Cronenberg. "I'm so excited to present a selection of these images in a contemporary way and to show them for the first time. The exhibition won't be photos simply hanging on a wall. Working with set builders, lighting designers and prop artists, I'm creating a cinematic-inspired installation with wall-size photographs back-lit with light boxes and framed with salvaged wood. The show will have a very dramatic flair, which is very fitting considering the opening coincides with the Toronto International Film Festival."

The photos date back to 1910 and cover a diverse assortment of themes ranging from singing WWII soldiers, frozen Niagara Falls, sealers perched on icebergs, to soot-covered miners toiling deep within the earth. Notable photos of Canadian icons include Pierre Trudeau, Karen Kain, Mark Messier, Michael J. Fox and Barbara Ann Scott. Images from the Archive also feature prominent international figures on official visits to Canada, including the Royal Family, Dwight Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill.

The NY Times Canadian Photo Archive's key collections include the following categories: major political events and politicians, Canadian celebrities, Canadian hockey players, the first Canadian movie stars, landscapes, iconic Canadian places, Aboriginal peoples, the Arctic, explorers, the fur trade, the gold rush, Canadian industries (such as oil and gas, logging, farming, mining, railway, etc.), as well as photos that candidly portray everyday Canadians.

Photos from the NY Times Canadian Photo Archive can be found here:

http://www.toromagazine.com/nytimes-canadian-photo-archive/index.html

About RED: A Preview exhibition of the NY Times Canadian Photo Archive

From September 9 – 13, twenty-four images from the NY Times Canadian Photo Archive will be unveiled at a preview exhibition in the heart of Yorkville. Curated by up-and-coming photographer Caitlin Cronenberg the images will be exhibited in her distinctive style, and will reinvent the Archive itself and the perception of the history of Canada.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20100709-bobby_orr_pic_jul_12.jpg

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