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Kodak Lecture Series and Image Arts Lectures

  • 2012.006
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  • 1973-2007

Commencing in 1973, the Kodak Lecture Series Fonds contains audio and video recordings of lectures presenting the work of photographers, filmmakers, photo-based and new media artists, curators and visual media theorists.
A series of lectures at the School of Image Arts (then known as the Photographic Arts Department) was begun by professor Phil Bergerson in 1975 to support the school's unique curriculum. Bergerson wanted to expose his students to new artists and ideas around photography by inviting internationally known artists, curators and theorists to discuss the art of creating, collecting and curating photography. These lectures were financially supported by Ontario Arts Council Grants and ticket sales. The first series (Photographic Perspectives) was extreamly popular, and Bergerson continued to organize the lectures for the next 9 years.
Kodak Canada Inc. stepped in to sponsor the series in 1984, allowing students and the photographic comminity of Toronto to attend all lectures in the series without charge. The series was re-named the Kodak Chair Lecture series (1986-2007), and motion picture and, over time, video and new media artists and theorists joined the line-up of speakers.
Throughout the series, the lectures were documented, on audiocassette and then video tape. In 2009, the lectures began to be streamed online and archived on the RyeCast websites ( In 2002, the School of Image Arts received funding from the Canada's Digital Collections (CDC) program, through Industry Canada, to create an online multi-media database of over 200 of the participants, using images and footage captured during the lectures. The project, entitled "Images and Ideas: 25 Years of the Kodak Lecture Series", was completed in 2002 and hosted on the Library and Archives Canada server, along with thousands of other local and national digital projects. The Canada's Digital Collections website is no longer live, but is archived at the Government of Canada website:
In addition to the Kodak Lectures, the fonds contains the audio recordings of the proceedings of the Canadian Perspectives Conference (1979), a Critique Workshop with Gary Winnogrand (1981), a Critical Writing Workshop with A. D..Coleman (1982), the proceedings of the August Sander Symposium (1982) and the Symposium on Photographic Theory (1983).

Ryerson Image Centre

Canadian perspectives: a national conference on Canadian photography

Fonds contains the audio recordings, slides and transcript publication related to the conference on Canadian photography, hosted by Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Photographic Arts Department, Toronto, in 1979. 23 presentations were recorded, with the categories: "Canadian Photography-Historical Perspectives", "Regional Overviews of Contemporary Canadian Photography", "Support Systems", and "Studying Photography". Includes the transcripts of a panel discussion and question periods which followed 11 presentations. Contributors include: Rudolf Arnheim, R.J. Huyda, Stanley S. Triggs, Donald Gillies, Ann Thomas,Chris Youngs, David MacKenzie, Katherine Tweedie, Penny Cousineau, Doug Clark, Tom Gore, Claudie Beck, Patrick Close, Millie McKibbon, Andrew Birrell, Paul Couvrette, Darryl Williams, Hu Hohn, David Robinson, Alain Desvergnes, John Ward, Geoffrey James, Bob Scott, Phyllis Lambert, Andrew Gruft, Ann Pearson, Michael Brower, Alain Clavet, Namia Aer, Isaac Applebaum, Pat Fleisher, Gail Fisher-Taylor, David Hlynsky, Jorge Guerra, Valerie Burton, Alex Giannellia, Michael Schreier, Frances Johnston, Bill Aeler, David McMillan, Ted Hunt, Jim Borcoman, Charles Gagnon, David Heath, Phil Bergerson.

Image Arts

Kodak Chair lecture series, 2004-2005

Series contains audio recordings of 8 lectures by photographers and filmmakers that took place as part of the Kodak Chair Lecture series at Ryerson University in the 2004-2005 academic year. Lectures were recorded in video format. The lecture schedule was as follows:

Phil Bergerson (Canadian photographer), October 15, 2004 Stream online:
Janieta Eyre (Canadian photographer), November 12, 2004 Stream online:
Walid Ra'ad (Lebanese-American media artist), November 26, 2004 Stream online:
David Robeky (Canadin video and installation artist), December 2, 2005 Stream online:
Michael Awad (Canadian photographer and architect), February 11, 2005 Stream online:
Raphael Lorzano-Hemmer (Mexican-Canadian installation artist), March 11, 2005 Stream online:
Harmony Korine (American director), April 1, 2005 Stream online:
Shu Lea Cheang (Taiwanese-American multimedia artist), April 14, 2005 Steam online:

Image Arts