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Don Snyder

The Present: We Will Worry About Tomorrow, Tomorrow

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The Present
We Will Worry About Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Three photographers - Brett Gundlock, Eugen Sakhnenko and Andrew Williamson - challenged themselves and their colleagues to make photographs in real time: to document the present, between May 27 and June 10; to exhibit the work between June 23 and June 30; to publish a catalogue, released when the show opens; and to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.

Twenty photographers contributed images, from Toronto, London, Ottawa, Waterloo; Quebec and Vancouver; New York; Somalia and Ukraine. After sequencing and catalogue design, the image files were uploaded to MagCloud and printed overnight.

Originating with and tied to time and place, the photographs show much that transcends time and place: waiting and watchfulness, intimacy and isolation, closeness and solitude, public gesture and private reflection, celebration and loss; abandonment, departure, expectation or apprehension. Most images are full of light, and the catalogue has a remarkable unity: like any good documentary work, it engages with what is seen, and constantly reflects a concern for the human condition.

Looking at these photographs over time, the viewer may also begin to expereicne something else: a quality of keen insight and and a sense of deep thoughtfulness, which seem imbedded in every image and expressed on every page. The title enjoins us to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow - yet in many pictures, tomorrow is already beginning to appear.

Essays

2012 The Present: We Will Worry About Tomorrow, Tomorrow
2011 Album, Archive and Audience
2011 Attention: Light!
2011 300 Days of Indulgence
2011 In the Playroom
2009 Together but Elsewhere: Considering the Photograph
2008 Storyteller: Waiting for Words
2006 Images of Global Culture: The Black Star Collection
2006 Imagining Places: The Destruction of Space
2006 Toronto/Montreal: The Proliferation of Screens
2005 Contemporary Ambrotypes
2004 Holocaust Dream
2004 Not at First Glance
2003 Everything is Going to be Alright
2003 Zsako vs Photography
2001 The Machine in the Gallery
1989 Nostalgia for an Unknown Land
1988 Beyond the Surface
1983 Solstice and Other Works
1976 Three Views of the North American Landscape