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In conversation with the artist: VINCENZO PIETROPAOLO

  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura 496 Huron Street Toronto, Ontario Canada (map)

On the occasion of the exhibit RITUAL, Italian born and Canadian-based photojournalist Vincenzo Pietropaolo will be in conversation with Don Snyder (Professor, Photography Studies - Ryerson University). A Q&A session with the audiance will follow.


Vincenzo Pietropaolo is a documentary photographer based in Toronto, where he immigrated as a child with his family. Self taught, he became active in photography in 1970, documenting the people of his newly adopted city. Vincenzo has published and edited over a dozen books, and numerous other publications, including seven monographs of personal work, and has received numerous awards and grants. His work on cities includes the books Kensington and Making Home in Havana, and a work-in-progress on a book about photography and architecture in Toronto. His work has been featured in about 100 solo and group exhibitions, in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Don Snyder has an extensive background in photographic history, critical studies and curation. A professor at the Ryerson University School of Image Arts since 1980, he has taught in the York-Ryerson Communication and Culture program, and in Ryerson’s graduate programs in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management and Documentary Media, and he served as Chair of the School from 2005 to 2010. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he was Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art from 1970-77, where he originated the museum’s photography exhibition program.
Selected writings can be viewed at

Earlier Event: October 13
HAVANA: City at a Crossroads.
Later Event: October 22
Mexico And The Day Of The Dead