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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Stories from the Picture Press: Black Star Publishing Co. & The Canadian Press


Digital & new media Indigenous Intercultural LGBTQIA2S Storytelling Visual arts
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


The Image Centre

33 Gould Street

Toronto, ON

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



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


September 13, 2023–April 6, 2024

(Holiday Closure: December­ 10, 2023–January 16, 2024)

Featuring more than thirty-five stories about historic events and personalities, this exhibition explores the important role of photo agencies during the heyday of print photojournalism. Drawing from The Image Centre’s famous Black Star press photography collection as well as the archive of Canada’s national news agency, The Canadian Press, the selection spans the twentieth century—from the British movement for women’s right to vote, through the Watts riots in Los Angeles, to the Oka Crisis in Quebec. Each story illuminates a different aspect of how photojournalists have worked to document the news and distribute their photographs for publication.

Generously supported by media sponsors The Toronto Star and blogTO.

Related Public Programs

Fall Exhibitions Opening Party

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 | 7:30-9:30 pm

Facing Black Star Book Launch

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 6–8 pm

Special Exhibition Tour: Stories from the Picture Press

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 6 pm

Rachel Verbin & Paul Roth

Special Exhibition Tour: Stories from the Picture Press

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 6 pm

Rachel Verbin & Gaëlle Morel

All events take place at The Image Centre (33 Gould St., Toronto) unless otherwise noted.

Admission is always free

Gallery Hours (Fall Season)

Wednesday: 12–8 pm

Thursday–Saturday: 12–6 pm

Sunday–Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed (Tours by appt.)

Daily Drop-in Tours (Fall Season)

Wednesday–Friday, 1:30pm

Free, no reservation required



The Image Centre

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.