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One of the largest German photo exhibitions ever mounted in
Canada launches at Harbourfront Centre's York Quay Gallery

TORONTO, April 22, 2004-Two uniquely urban documentary photography exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre - Within and Beyond the Wall at York Quay Gallery and STEELTOWNS at The Photo Passage - embrace the zeitgeist of Berlin and Hamilton beginning May 1 through June 20, 2004. Free admission to both exhibitions. Exhibition details below

One of the largest German photography exhibitions ever mounted in Canada, Within and Beyond the Wall at York Quay Gallery, features nine West and East Berliners deftly capturing pre-wall through post-wall life. In the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's Paris photography and William Klein's New York School work, the technical and philosophical vision of the more than 90 works poignantly entwines Berlin's black and white past with its colourful contemporary reconstruction.

Many of these prominent Berlin photographers have never exhibited in Canada. Five of them will be attending the exhibition opening. They include former West-Berliners: Kai-Olaf Hesse, Karl-Ludwig Lange, Wolfgang Ritter, Hansgert Lambers (Associate Curator), Amin El Dib and Christian von Steffelin and former East-Berliners: Barbara Metselaar-Berthold, Dietrich Oltmanns and Ulrich Wüst. Within and Beyond the Wall is curated by Andrew Danson Danushevsky. Part of CONTACT 04. For more information, artist biographies and photographs please visit http://www.berlintoronto.com/

STEELTOWNS at The Photo Passage intimately portrays the lives of steelworkers and the landscapes that surround them in Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico. Photographer James Williams focuses on issues of industry, labour and the working class with a series of new works. For more than a half century the steel industry in Hamilton was the city's largest employer, and many of Williams’ family members have spent their lives working in the factories. This black and white photograph series endeavours to stimulate a moral impulse in viewers to disregard blue-collar stereotypes while gaining insight into the multi-layered politics of steel. In the last 15 years James Williams' photography has been shown at more than 50 solo and group exhibitions across Canada. He has also been featured internationally at exhibitions across the U.S.A. as well as in Germany, Mexico and Chile.

Regular Gallery Hours - York Quay Gallery (open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m). Hours for Case Studies, The Photo Passage and Uncommon Objects (open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m and Sunday's from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Hours for Studio Works and the Craft Studios (open Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m). Galleries are closed Mondays except holiday Mondays - when they are open from noon to 6 p.m.

All visual art exhibitions can be seen at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free.

For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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For more information on all of Harbourfront Centre's visual arts exhibitions please consult our Visual Arts webpage


Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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