- [ca. 1979] - 2000 (Creation)
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2.2 m of textual records
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Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit, artist-run centre dedicated to photography and located in Toronto. Originally known as The Niagara Street Photographers’ Centre and Workspace of Toronto, the collective ran a gallery space called Gallery 44. The organization was also sometimes known as Photo 44. The collective was founded in September 1979 by a group of photographic artists with a need for shared darkroom and studio space and to create an environment supportive of photography and its evolving practices. They were incorporated in October 1984. The collective offers opportunities to its members, national and international artists to exhibit and publish their work and also provides educational programming, non-commercial traditional darkroom facilities and digital imaging services.
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography was originally located at 109 Niagara Street, where they first began mounting exhibitions and offering photography workshops. In 1986 they moved to 183 Bathurst Street to provide larger facilities to their growing membership. The Education in the Schools program was initiated in 1987 to provide photographic education at the elementary and secondary school levels. In 1994, they moved to their current location at 401 Richmond Street West. 401 Richmond is a hub for the local arts community housing artist-run centres, galleries, arts organizations and artist studios. Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography continues to support the photographic community by offering affordable darkroom rentals, digital imaging services, exhibition space, workshops, artist residencies, print sales, hosting portfolio reviews and publishing catalogues and books.
The materials now constituting the Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography fonds were donated by the director, Sara Angelucci in 2001.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Fonds acquired from Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in 2001.
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Scope and content
Fonds consists of material documenting Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography as a gallery and provider of educational programming and facilities to support photographic artists, including photographs, slides, exhibition invitations, exhibition catalogues, posters, newspaper clippings and notebooks.
- Exhibition publicity
- Board of Director files
- Financial records
- Grant applications
- Administration files
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Further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
Material comprising this fonds was received in 8 boxes. The fonds has been arranged by the archivist following the original order of the creator.
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Conditions governing access
Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.
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The publication, Le mois de la photo à Montréal (September 1995), was removed from the files and incorporated into the library collections of the E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives.
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Originally prepared by Wendy Gomoll, 2012.
Updated and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.