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Black Star

In 2005, Ryerson University was the recipient of an extraordinary gift - the complete black and white print archive of the New York photo agency Black Star. A collection of almost 300,000 photographs chronicling world events and personalities from the First World War to the nineteen-eighties, the archive was, in the words of Collections Curator, Peter Higdon, "the largest gift of cultural property ever made to a Canadian University."

 

In celebration of this landmark acquisition, Lumiere Press presents highlights of the collection accompanied by the story of the founders of Black Star - Kurt Safranski, Ernest Mayer and Kurt Kornfeld - and their successors Howard and Ben Chapnick - a narrative told against the backdrop of the looming war in Europe, the Great Depression in America and the promise of opportunity in New York.

 

The edition has been case-bound in oatmeal-colored Asahi Japanese book cloth. The frontispiece image - rendered in a halftone engraving and printed letterpress in gold on black Bugra paper - presents mirror images for the front and back covers.

 

Hardbound,

Pages: 89 

Size: 9 x 7 3/8 inches 

Publisher: Lumiere Press

Publication Date: 2013

Printed in a numbered edition of 300

 

Available from the gallery for $275