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In 1911 when Arthur Goss was hired as Torontos rst ofcial photographer the city was at a critical juncture. Industry ex- pansion and population growth produced pressing concerns about housing shortages sanitation and the health and welfare of citizens. Dispelling popular misconceptions Picturing Toronto demonstrates that Goss and other photographers did not simply document the changing conditions of urban life their photography contributed to the development of modern Toronto and shaped its inhabitants. Drawing on archival sources from the early twentieth century Sarah Bassnett in- vestigates how a range of groups including the municipal government social reform- ers and the press used photography to recongure the urban environment and constitute liberal subjects. Through a series of case studies including the construction of the Bloor Viaduct civic beautication plans urban reform in the Ward immi- gration and citizenship and Gosss portrait photography Bassnett exposes how photo- graphs were at the heart of debates over what the city should look like how it should operate and under what conditions it was appropriate for people to live. This lavishly illustrated book is the rst study to treat images as vital elements that shaped Torontos social and political his- tory. Interdisciplinary in its approach Picturing Toronto displays the complex entanglements between photography and urban modernity. Sarah Bassnett is associate professor of art history at Western University. 1 5 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 P H O T O G R A P H Y C A N A D I A N H I S T O R Y Picturing Toronto Photography and the Making of a Modern City sarah bassnett An innovative study on photographys role in the liberal reform of early twentieth-century Toronto. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-QueensBeaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History April 2016 978-0-7735-4671-4 60.00A 50.00A 35.00 cloth 9 x 10 224pp 84 photos