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Richmond Hill Takes A Selfie
Richmond Hill Public Library is launching the Photographer in Residence program. Led by Petrija Dos Santos, our first Photographer in Residence, the participants will explore Richmond Hill as a place and as a community. Please bring your camera or smartphone. 

Petrija Dos Santos is a photo-based artist presently living and working between Canada, Japan, and Serbia. Her work examines tradition, collective identity, and the intersection of cultural practice and shifting economic landscapes.

Petrija holds a BFA with distinction from the Photography Studies program at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. She has participated in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, Artspace at the Gladstone, Ryerson University, and the University of Brighton (UK). Her work has been featured in several publications including SAN, the Serbian Canadian Magazine, and Function Magazine.

Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 - 9:00 PM: Meet Petrija Dos Santos at the Library’s OPLW celebration. Please bring your camera or smartphone.


Monday, October 29, 7:00 - 9:00 PM : Reviving the Archive. Please bring your camera or smartphone; a notebook; a pen.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the photographic offerings of the Mary-Lou Griffin Local History Collection and the Digital Archive. Participants will make print-outs or photocopies of archival material that interest them and start thinking of ways to make the archival image relevant again. Participants will take notes on landmarks, events, and people that they can research and revisit in the present.

Monday, November 5, 6:00 - 9:00 PM: Manipulating the Image. Please bring your camera or smartphone; scissors, scalpels, staplers, and writing instruments; found images, or images from your personal archive; objects found during a previous workshop or on your own.

This workshop serves as an introduction to multidisciplinary art. Exploring alternative photographic practices by manipulating and degrading the image using collage, cutting, painting, paper-folding, photocopying, scanning, scratching, and other forms of destructive techniques, participants will use these techniques to alter the ways in which we read and understand images. Participants will use archival and found imagery and/or found objects to create a small work of art by the end of the workshop, in the form of a collage, a sculpture, an installation piece, or a reworked photographic image.

Monday, November 12, 7:00 - 9:00 PM: Sequencing the Images. Please bring your camera or smartphone, and your photographs.

Participants will bring some of their photographs and learn to sequence work to best present it as a series that tell a story.

Saturday, November 17, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Exploring the Space. Please bring your camera or smartphone, a notebook, and a pen.

Participants will take a guided walk through the library. The purpose of this photo walk is to photograph surroundings and to actively think about ways to tell a compelling visual story about one’s findings.

Note: The October 29 workshop will take place in the Local History Room on the 4th floor.

All other workshops will take place in Room A or B, 2nd floor.

Admission: FREE / RSVP Online.
Currently, there are no dates scheduled for this program. Please check back for future program dates.