Dennis Brack. Kodak Lecture Series. Tomorrow Night. Be There.

November 6, 2008

I am very lucky.  I’m not sure how I managed it, but I have been given the rare privilege of viewing Dennis Brack’s photographs almost daily at my job working with Ryerson’s Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection.  Needless to say, I am very excited to see Dennis Brack, the most prolific of all Black Star photographers, speak tomorrow night at Ryerson University.
On my first day on the job at Ryerson, I was introduced to the Black Star Collection by being given some time to peruse a few boxes of prints that had been set aside for use in the Contact Photography Festival. I was humbled – that is the only word to describe the experience – to hold such historically relevant material in my own hands. These iconic images have molded the the world view of generations. It must have been obvious what I was feeling at the time, as my employer (Peter Higdon) tried to calm me by informing me that not all of the boxes of prints would be so monumental; I might even find some of them boring. Over a year of steady scanning later, I have still not come across a boring box of images.  Although you could say that the boxes containing Dennis Brack’s photographs are especially un-boring.


WHEN: Friday, November 7, 7:30 pm.

WHERE: Ted Rogers School of Management, Lecture Theatre TRS1-067 575 Bay Street (South side of Dundas Steet, west of Yonge Street)
FREE: Arrive early for guaranteed seating.

Dennis Brack has covered the Washington, D.C. beat for the Black Star Agency for more than three decades. Brack is one of the six members of the standing committee of the United States Press Photographers Gallery. He is also serving his third term as President of the White House News Photographers Association.

Throughout his career Brack has covered; several Presidential electoral campaigns, anti-war demonstrations, the Watergate hearings and the Civil Rights March on Washington. He has accompanied and photographed every president since Lyndon B. Johnson on summit meetings and international trips as well as such personalities as the Beatles, Elton John, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Ralph Abernathy, Jesse Jackson, Muhammad Ali, I.M. Pei, Fidel Castro, Anwar Sadat, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

As the Time Washington bureau photographer, Brack averaged one published photograph in the magazine a week, for twenty-two years. He has won awards from the National Newspaper Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association and the World Press Association

With almost 15,000 photographs in the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, Dennis Brack is by far the most heavily represented. The 300,000 black and white photographs were produced between 1930 and 1980 by some of North America’s most influential photographers.


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