Tod Ainslie – Pinhole Theatre of 1812

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Pinhole Photographs

March 124, 2013
Opening reception Friday March 1, 7-9:30 pm

Tod Ainslie invitation

Pinhole Theatre of 1812 exhibits Tod Ainslie’s  pinhole photographs which empathetically depict historically significant sites and architecture from the War of 1812.

Tod Ainslie is a landmark documentary photographer who has spent more than a decade  methodically investigating War of 1812 sites throughout North America.   His unique vision chronicles and interprets  these storied sites.  His haunting photographs blur the fine line between purely documentary and fine art, as they capture not only the literal sites themselves, but also fragments of their aura and a sense of the people whose energies occupied them.   He has shown a selection of these photographs at the Royal Ontario Museum (“Afterimage: Tod Ainslie’s Vision of the War of 1812” until February 24, 2013), the Grimsby Public Art Gallery (“Pinhole Visions of 1812” until March 31,2013)  plus at Toronto Image Works Gallery, Doors Open Fort York, the Image City Photography Gallery Juried Theme Show in Rochester,  the Beaux Arts juried show in Brampton, and the Latow juried show in Burlington.  He has been interviewed by Laura di Battista for Here & Now on the CBC (May 25, 2012),  and Vincii Chung, for Fairchild Television (August 2012).  His work has appeared in Canadian Art Magazine (Winter 2013)  Photolife (Oct-Nov 2012), and International Architecture and Design, Canadian Edition (Fall, 2012).  He has been written about by Kenneth Kidd in the Toronto Star (“History, seen through a pinhole” September 10, 2011), and Kate Taylor in the Globe and Mail ( “A new lens on the past” June 25, 2012).  He is the recipient of 3 Ontario Arts Council grants.

The photographs in his new show at Carnegie Gallery have been selected from his most recent works, taken for the most part in 2011 and 2012.  Each photograph stands alone as a work of art, but is also accompanied by a brief description of the site’s historical  significance for those who are interested in its historical context as well.