On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, The Faraway Nearby presents a century of Canadian history through photographs. The book will take readers on a visual journey through photographs ranging from breaking news to portraiture, depicting many of the key events and personalities that helped to define Canada in the twentieth century.
Taking an expansive view of many of the diverse histories that have constituted Canadian life, The Faraway Nearby highlights images of major political events and conflicts, the Canadian role in wartime, iconic landscapes across the nation, hockey and other sports heroes, and candid reportage on the lives of everyday Canadians. Also featured prominently are images of Indigenous peoples, immigrant communities, notable international figures on official visits to Canada, as well as portraits of such iconic figures as Margaret Atwood, Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, Mary Pickford and Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
The publication draws from an archive of nearly 25,000 photographs of Canadian subject matter, a promised gift to the Ryerson Image Centre from the collection of Toronto-based entrepreneur Chris Bratty.