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  • Louie Palu, Completion of drilling a breast in a shrinkage stope, 700 foot level, Cheminis Gold Mine, Larder Lake, Ontario, from the series Cage Call, 1996 (printed 2005), gelatin silver print © Louie Palu, courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

Artist Talk — Louie Palu: Cage Call


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The Image Centre

Toronto, ON

Directions: Located on Toronto Metropolitan University's campus, near Yonge-Dundas Square and the Eaton Centre.



Offered in English.


Delve into Canadian photojournalist Louie Palu’s series, Cage Call, documenting the living and working conditions of miners in Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec and the formidable industrial architecture of the pits. Presented online via Zoom.

About the Exhibition

Between 1991 and 2003, Canadian documentary photographer Louie Palu established himself in the mining communities of Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec. Over time he accumulated an extensive, in-depth body of work that revealed the living and working conditions of the miners, while also capturing the formidable industrial architecture of the pits. Cage Call gathers together more than fifty black-and-white photographs and ephemera from Palu’s visual archive of this central but often overlooked and misunderstood aspect of Canada’s industrial culture.

About the Artist

Louie Palu (Canadian, b. 1968) is a Washington, DC-based documentary photographer and filmmaker. Focusing on socio-political issues, such as war, human rights, and poverty, his photojournalism has been featured worldwide, including in The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Le Figaro, El País, and The Washington Post. Palu covered conflicts in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2006–2010); the drug war in Mexico (2011–2013); the Ukrainian crisis (2015); and the militarization of the North American Arctic (2015–2019). He has published five books, including Industrial Cathedrals of the North (1999) and Cage Call: Life and Death in the Hard Rock Mining Belt (2007) on view in this exhibition. In 2016, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Palu is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

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The Image Centre (IMC) is Canada’s leading institution dedicated to the exhibition, research and collecting of photography. Established in 2012 at Toronto Metropolitan University, in the heart of the city, the IMC welcomes visitors to explore the intersection of photography and culture. Through compelling exhibitions and engaging public programming, the IMC showcases work by emerging, renowned, and anonymous photographers, past and present. With a growing collection of nearly 400,000 photographic objects and an innovative scholarly research program, the IMC is also a vibrant hub for the preservation and study of photography.