Exposed: New Exhibition at the TD Gallery Features Highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive

April 15, 2015 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Exposed, featuring highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive: people, places and events that defined the 20th century.  

A snapshot of the Toronto Star Photograph Archive, Exposed presents some of the memorable images that graced the pages of Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Powerful and provocative, these photographs were the lens through which Toronto Star readers witnessed the defining moments of the 20th century. 

Generously sponsored by TD Bank Group,Exposed is the latest exhibition at the library’s TD Gallery, located on the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library. The show opens Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9 a.m. and runs until Sunday, June 14, 2015.

What:              Exposed: Highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive 

When:             April 18 to June 14, 2015   

Where:            TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street – Main Level

Hours:             Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

                        Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                        Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

This is the first exhibition at the TD Gallery that showcases some of the over one million photographs that make up the Toronto Star Photograph Archive. The entire archive was donated to the Toronto Public Library in 2014 and is available to all in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

Exhibition Highlights:

  • Original prints of several National Newspaper Award-winning photographs and other award-winning work by Toronto Star photographers, including Boris Spremo, Order of Canada.
  • Portraits and landscape photographs by internationally renowned photographers like Yousuf Karsh, Philippe Halsman, Ansel Adams, and Cecil Beaton.
  • The very first wire photos that the Toronto Star received in 1939 when it became the first Canadian newspaper to join the Associated Press wire network.
  • Fascinating and often humorous examples of how photographs were altered and retouched in the days before Photoshop

Media Preview:

Members of the media are invited for a pre-opening tour between 2 and 4 pm on Thursday, April 16 2015. Please contact Edward Karek at 416-397-5925 or [email protected] to reserve a spot.

Electronic images of gallery material are available upon request.  


Related Programming:

The Power of the Press Image: A Panel Discussion with Toronto Star Photographers

Award-winning photographers from the Toronto Star discuss some of the paper's iconic images, what makes a powerful press image, and how the Toronto Star's approach to photojournalism has changed over time. Photographer Richard Lautens moderates the discussion with panelists Tony Bock, Rick Madonik, Steve Russelland Boris Spremo, Order of Canada.

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6pm

Toronto Reference Library - Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium

789 Yonge Street

Photography on Film – Afternoon Film Series

Free documentary film screenings followed by a guided tour of Exposed.

Friday, April 24, 2pm: Camera Men and Karsh is History

Friday, May 1, 2pm: Beyond Words: Photographers of War

Wednesday, May 6, 2pm: Finding Vivian Maier

Wednesday, May 27, 2pm: Pictures from a Revolution

Toronto Reference Library - Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium

789 Yonge Street

Afternoon Highlights Tour with Stephen Bulger

Stephen Bulger, one of Canada’s foremost experts on photography, leads a guided tour and discusses the highlights of Exposed. Stephen Bulger is the owner of Stephen Bulger Gallery and was also the instigator and co-founder of CONTACT, Toronto’s photography festival celebrates its nineteenth annual event in May, 2015.

Thursday, May 28, 2pm

Toronto Reference Library – TD Gallery

789 Yonge Street

The 2015 TD Gallery season is generously sponsored by TD Bank

It features five unique exhibitions: Freedom City: Uncovering Toronto’s Black History, Exposed; Highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive (April 11 – June 14, 2015); Toronto’s Sporting Past (July 4 – September 5, 2015); John J. Audubon’s Birds of America (September 26 – November 29, 2015); and Sendak 50 (December 19 – January 31, 2016).

About the TD Gallery in the Toronto Reference Library

A relaxed, contemporary exhibit space at the heart of the city, the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library is a space for Torontonians and visitors alike to connect with our collective cultural memory. Stories are told and histories explored through rare and unique items – including art, manuscripts, sculpture, books and artifacts – curated from over four million pieces collected by the library since 1884. Many exhibits also feature complementary contributions from cultural and community partners. 

About TD Bank Group

TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2014, TD donated over $82 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For more information, please visit


About Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 18 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow more than 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.


Media Contact/Media Image Reproduction:

Edward Karek, Communications Officer 416-397-5925 [email protected]