Pictures of People

    Friday, June 29, 1990 to Tuesday, July 16, 1991

    Pictures of People investigates current creative directions in representations of people as practiced by photographers Jack Burman, Doreen Dotto, Barrie Jones, and Jake Peters. This group show, selected by Ottawa photographer Tony Fouhse, examines strategies photographers use to picture people. With the assistance of the Toronto Photographers Workshop in the autumn of 1989, Gallery 101 solicited submissions from Toronto-area photographers for Pictures of People. Tony Fouhse reviewed approximately fifty portfolios and selected the four artists in the exhibition. Fouhse has expressed his interest in the myriad ways that photographers take pictures of people. One of the things that a photograph of a person does is isolate that person’s image so that it may be scrutinized. “People are strange.” It actually seems that a “norma” picture of people is not possible, that no pictures stands up to scrutiny without at least a flavour, be it sweet or poignant, surly or sour. Jack Burman photographs people as found objects. In a perhapd macabre twist on the notion of momento mori these are pictures of dead people. These are pictures of artifacts, -yet we may reflect that all pictures become artifacts. A portrait is, in the end, a momento mori These people in these photos have no control over the presentation of their selves. And if the dead people seem to have personalities, we realize that we are projecting this into the pictures. Doreen Dotto presents a series of photographs, Couples. Not knowing the pair at first, Dotto takes their picture and later invites them to write something to caption the photographic print. This is a strategy to level the playing field in representation. The photographer is trying to redress the imbalance of power in the photographer/subject relationship, and give voices to the people in the pictures. Barrie Jones is presenting Young Women of Canada. This is part of a project that will including Young Men of Canada. Jones is intent on looking for resemblances of archetypes. The archetype of the beautiful person, the ideal beauty, is seen to be a constructed category. Jake Peters has photographed people in a powder-room of a dance club on Halloween. This has been an ongoing project over four consecutive years. The fascination, glamour and spirit of these portraits is informed by an attitude that in these harrowing times for sexual adventurers, it is still possible to have fun.