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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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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Lucy Alguire

Lucy Alguire is a Canadian-Australian photographer currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She predominantly works in a diaristic manner using analog photographic processes. Her work is often inspired by poetry and literature and exists within the tradition of photographic realism while also including an element of metaphor or memory. The tone of her images tends to be awkward, humorous, or tense in an effort to portray her subjects truthfully, returning to a childlike way of exploration and expression. Lucy is the author of two books, Catching Byways Flies (2019) and How to Run Away (2018). She was also a selected participant of Alec Soth's master workshop on 'Making a Photobook (that Matters)'. Since completing her BFA at Ryerson University she is working on a new book project entitled The Catch.

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Sara Angelucci

Sara Angelucci is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, video, audio, and installation. Over the years her projects have drawn from a range of personal photographs and films—to anonymous and found images. Based in the history of photography – from vernacular snapshots to professional studio portraiture—the history outside the image frame informs the direction of her research into natural and social histories implicated in the photograph. Photography’s material evolution and its shifting social influence provide rich ground for aesthetic interpretation, and inspire a range of materials and references that traverse her projects. Sara Angelucci completed her BA at the University of Guelph and her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She is an Adjunct Professor in Photography at the School of Image Arts Ryerson University and is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, and Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montreal.

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