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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Don Snyder

Technology in Practice

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   dsnyder@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000, ext 6852
Office Location   VIC-810
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A.(Yale); M.A. Photographic Studies (Goddard College)

Biography

Professor Snyder has an extensive interest in photographic history and curation. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he held an appointment as the first Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts, where he established the Gallery's exceptionally active photography exhibition program. At Ryerson, he founded the Ryerson Gallery, an exhibition space in the downtown arts district at 80 Spadina Avenue, and was instrumental in the founding of Function, the School's annual publication of student work, essays and interviews. He has taught in the Communication and Culture program, and in Ryerson's graduate programs in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management as well as the Documentary Media MFA program. Particular interests are critical directions in photography and photographic practice since the sesquicentennial year of 1989.

Research Interests

Contemporary Photography / Curation / Critical Writing.

Selected Publications

Contributor to "Proliferation des ecrans /of Screens", eds. Louise Poissant and Pierre Tremblay, Presses de l'Universite du Quebec in partnership with Ryerson University, 2008.

 

Current research projects/journals:
Epilogue for "Storyteller: Waiting for Words", by Michael Schreier, to be released fall 2008

 

Link to Personal Websites:
www.imagearts.ryerson.ca/dsnyder
www.imagearts.ryerson.ca/portfolionine
www.imagearts.ryerson.ca/topographica

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan