A new Toronto City Hall photography show isn’t part of this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival, but, the photographers who belong to the Canadian Caribbean Photography Arts Collective (CCPAC) couldn’t have a picked a better time or place to show revellers their award winning carnival inspired work. The free week long exhibition, Beyond the Carnival – A Photography Exhibition Edition 2 – will be be hanging when the Toronto Caribbean Carnival has its very public noon-hour July 9th launch on Nathan Phillips Square, right outside of their exhibition!
The show will hang in the foyer of the Queen Street City Hall from July 7 to July 14. The artists will be available throughout the one-week run of the exhibition to talk about their work. Last summer the group had a show at the Scarborough Town Hall as part of the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival – this year the expo is completely separate from the Big Show!
The exposition will feature photographers from the year-old CCPAC. All of them live in the GTA and all have strong Caribbean roots. The group’s mission is dedicated to preserving the Pan Caribbean legacy here in Canada.
“The object of the organization in this our second exhibition, is to rally the skills of photographers and videographers in the Canadian Caribbean community and preserve the legacy of Caribbean lives,” explained Anthony Berot the founder and CEO of CCPAC. “As photographers it is our responsibility to document the Caribbean Diaspora’s existence.”
“In the mix of a diverse society CCPAC photographers are seeking to raise a pillar of images to represent the lifestyle of the Caribbean community in Canada. Visitors to the city hall exhibition will share the diverse viewpoint of each of the eight participating photographers,” he continued. “Our photographers have a passion for documenting the Canadian Caribbean experiences including Caribbean people’s life after immigration and the evolution of the Caribbean culture in this country.”
Anthony Berot is well known in Canada. He is the official photographer and videographer of the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival and has produced TV shows and news stories for many broadcast and cable stations in Canada. He often contributes photographs to the Caribbean Camera. While some of his pictures that will be shown at City Hall were taken at Carnival events, visitors will get to some of his other work too. Also showing with Berot will be David Lewis, Horace Thorne, Ian Grant, Jenny Baboolal, Peter Faure, and Charles Branche
Meet the Photographers:
Jenny Baboolal is a successful photographer, filmmaker and commercial videographer. She spent years photographing both nature and Trinidad Children’s Carnival. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Museum of Ontario, The Trinidad and Tobago National Museum, Ecuador’s Bienal, Toronto’s City Hall and Harbourfront.
Charles Branche fell in love with photography when he was 10 years old.Over the years he took pictures of everything but as time passed he has become drawn to taking pictures of landscape images, beaches and sunsets. Branche continues to pursue this never-ending passion for scenic photography at every opportunity.
Peter Faure is a freelance photographer who was born in Trinidad and Tobago and migrated north some 45 years ago. His work is a juxtaposition of the various countries he has visited and the tranquility of the Trinbagonian terrain. His love of the Carnival season is captured in many of his photographs.
Ian Grant has a collection of naturalistic photographs, taken in some of the world’s most spectacular locales. Grenadian-Born, he has exhibited and lived in Toronto for many years and from this vantage point he had the privilege of capturing gallery quality images in Brazil, Italy, Aruba, Yugoslavia, Azores, Grenada and Honolulu.
David Lewis has been taking photographs for almost 50-years. As a Certified Public Accountant and a seasoned vacation traveller, he has taken his camera to places most have never been. “I have approached travel with a strong recognition for the importance of carrying my camera with humour, passion and curiosity, “ He told the Camera. “This has provided the opportunity to capture unique images.”
Long before Anthony Berot was named the official photographer of Toronto’s Carnival, Brampton’s Horace Thorne had the job. He and his ever-present camera have been an active and loyal participant in the Festival since 1969. His work as photographer has provided a lasting legacy for Caribana and now the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
Carnival – A Photography Exhibition Edition 2 – has its official launch Sunday July 7th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The photography art exhibition closes July 14 at 6:00pm. The show is open from 7:30 am to 6:00pm daily and everyone is welcome to take it in.