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About Peter Sramek
Peter Sramek studied photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Minor White and has taught at the Ontario College of Art Design University in Toronto, Canada since 1976 where he has been Chair of Photography and of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices during the past 6 years. Over the past 20 years, his administrative roles at OCAD U, in addition to the Chair of Photography, have included Associate and Assistant Dean positions in the Faculty of Art and, most recently, he has served a semester as Acting Dean. As a founding member of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and Financial Coordinator for 15 years, Sramek has contributed considerably to the Canadian photography community. His current engagement in developing an international network of collaborating art schools, takes his vision for collaborative cultural practices to a global level.
The International Art Collaborations group has most recently held student shows in Canada, Finland, South Korea, China, Japan and Slovakia.
Sramek’s artwork incorporates silver photography, digital imaging, handmade books and video installation. His works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY). Exhibitions of his rephotographic projects include the Alliance Française (Toronto), the French Institute of Prague and Gallery 345 (Toronto). Recent group exhibitions include the Korean Cultural Centre, Beijing and the New Delhi Art Fair.
Currently, Sramek's black and white photography explores European historical sites and incorporates rephotographic strategies, working from historical archives. His 2013 book, Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget is published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/P/bo16811996.html