Summer Reading List

Alia Youssef

Alia Youssef is a portrait photographer interested in diversifying the media landscape and highlighting underrepresented stories and histories. Her personal projects have been exhibited in solo and group shows at prominent galleries and festivals across Canada such as The Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery, The Parliament of Canada, Presentation House Gallery, and Nuit Blanche Toronto. Her commercial projects with global brands have been displayed internationally, including in New York’s Times Square and London’s Piccadilly Circus. Her work has been published in numerous online and print publications including Elle Magazine, VICE, The Globe and Mail, and Oprah Magazine. Alia has done many public artist talks, most notably for the Aga Khan Museum, We Day Toronto, and Instagram. She recently completed the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program at Ryerson University.

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Summer Reading List

Durga Rajah

Durga Rajah began her journey in photography at age 11 with a 35mm film camera. She continues to explore film and its idioms in terms of the contemporary processes of digital photography. She is interested in the formal and material aspects of photography, as well as in its potential as a medium for a more subjective expression. At age 22, she is now completing her final courses at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts, in the Photography Studies Program.

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