Arthur S. Goss’ photographs constitute an archive of the modern city’s visual substrata. This exhibition emphasizes the serial, rational-procedural character of this archive by showing Goss’ pictures in their original order. Displayed in the gallery are compact groups of near-simultaneous pictures of the same mundane objects and incidental moments in the building of Toronto. The image sets are united iconographically inasmuch as they represent a single topic—the hydro poles in a laneway, a new streetscape, concrete pylons on the waterfront—and chronologically by their production on a single day.
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