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Present Past is a dynamic approach to a rephotographic survey.

The City of Toronto has gone through many changes over the years. Certain buildings have stood the test of time and are dwarfed by the towers that surround them. Others have disappeared altogether. This series includes both to show the ever-changing face of the City of Toronto.

Financial District ca 1933

Looking West Along King St West at Bay St    ca.1933 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

The center of the Financial District resides at King St W & Bay St where First Canadian Place stands now.

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Looking West Along King St West at Bay St    ca.1933 vs 2018

The center of the Financial District resides at King St W & Bay St where First Canadian Place stands now. Various smaller bank buildings stood along side the Toronto Star Building. Standing at 80 King St W, the Toronto Star Building grew 22 storeys from the street below. Known as the Daily Star at the time, Joe Shuster co-creator of Superman drew inspiration from it. Interesting play on the name The Daily Star for the Daily Planet Building.

After receiving many lucrative offers for the property, The Star sold the building in 1971. Subsequently it was torn down in 1972 to make way for the development of First Canadian Place.

Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, William James Family Fonds, Item 7221

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

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Vintage images from the Toronto Archives are merged with modern day images. White halos denote open sky where new structures overtake the skyline. Torn edges represent the split revealing a part of the past in our present.

The start of a series that will explore the vibrant neighborhoods around the city.

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