I Met Magnum Photographer Larry Towell In Toronto

Magnum Photographer Larry Towell

Larry Towell spent the last 4 years photographing the restoration of Union Station (Toronto’s version of Grand Central Station) and the work is finally ready to be seen. I got to chat with Larry at the opening of his show at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto and we discussed his process as a photographer plus his personal definition of street photography. Check out the video after the jump!

I Met Larry Towell In Toronto!

I met Magnum Photographer Larry Towell at the opening of his Union Station show in Toronto. We talked about his process and the similarity between street and documentary photography.

Larry Towell is Canada’s first member of Magnum Photos and one of my favorite photographers. He spent the last 4 years photographing the restoration of Union Station (Toronto’s version of Grand Central Station) and the work is an eclectic mix of color, black and white and panoramic images that reveal the beauty of the destruction necessary to rebuild Toronto’s aging transporation hub.

Here’s a few shots from the show:

Larry Towell Union Station 1

Union Station, Toronto, Canada, 2013 © Larry Towell / Magnum Photos

Larry Towell Union Station 2

Union Station, Toronto, Canada, 2013 © Larry Towell / Magnum Photos

Larry Towell Union Station 3

Union Station, Toronto, Canada, 2013 © Larry Towell / Magnum Photos

The show is running now until October 14, 2017. Check it out!

Larry Towell on Magnum
Larry’s General Store

The Stephen Bulger Gallery’s New Home

New Stephen Bulger Gallery Toronto

Larry Towell’s Union Station is the first exhibit at the new home of the Bulger Gallery at 1326 Dundas Street West in Toronto. The new gallery is beautiful and I’m looking forward to many more years of excellent exhibits in the new location. It’s definitely someplace to visit when you’re in Toronto.

The Stephen Bulger Gallery famously purchased Jeffrey Goldstein’s collection of Vivian Maier negatives and it’s is one the top photo galleries anywhere in the world. If you’re in the Toronto area you definitely need to stop by and see what’s happening at the Stephen Bulger Gallery!

Bulger Gallery

StreetShootr’s Take

I don’t want to gush but I’m a huge fan of Larry’s work. From The Menonites to The World From My Front Porch and everything in between. His refined photographic vision is at once tender and piercing and never feels exploitative.

The Union Station show on display at Bulger Gallery features color work shot on a digital camera which is a bit unusual for a photographer so connected with his film roots but the work doesn’t suffer as a result of embracing the new technology. And while Union Station is admittedly a work in progress I’m eager to see where it goes in the future!

What’s your take on my (brief) interview with Magnum photographer Larry Towell? What kinds of vlog content would you like to see in the future? Post your ideas in the comments below and keep the conversation going!

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  • Nice write up mate and good interview (2nd take lol), really enjoyed it… I first saw his work, the menonites on the Documentary, Magnum: Changing the myth… He has a great body of work and most definitely one to study the work of.

    I think more interviews with local photographers (known and unknown). You’ve a great attitude and humor which makes your video’s easy and enjoyable to watch so keep them coming and should you ever head over to the UK would be great to meet up for a pint!

    Lewis

    • Thanks Lewis!

      i’m concentrating on the video content moving forward and interviews with more photographers is definitely part of the plan. Now I just have to figure out how to get all these ideas in action!!

      K.

  • mrmiles007

    By ‘character’ did you mean grumby sob?