Placing the City: An Exploration of John Paskievich’s Photographs of Winnipeg's North End as Visual Cartography

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Lydiatt, Katie




Produced over a forty year span starting in 1976, John Paskievich's photographs of the North End of Winnipeg occupy a distinct space in the photographic history of the city. Ranging from local streetscapes to portraits of community members, this diverse grouping of images take on qualities similar to the 'New Documents,' and use irony and the snap shot aesthetic to construct a renewed topography of his community. Taken during his many walks around the North End, these photographs are phenomenologically local. Drawing from Henri Lefebvre's notion of "the social production of space," and Ariella Azoulay's framing of the photograph as an encounter, this thesis argues that these images engage in a practice of 'placing.' Considering the photograph as an active object with the capacity to both produce space and incite citizenship, this project aims to reframe how we conceptualize photography, urban space, and the agency of the spectator.


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Carleton University

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