History & Culture:
Tours & Walks
On Being Male
Loss & Desire
Peter 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 historical sites and a number of major projects incorporate rephotographic strategies, working from historical archives. This research has been supported by a Google Research Award, as well as many smaller grants and his recent book Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012 was released by Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press in October, 2013.
His long engagement with images of touristic travel and historic sites has taken him throughout North America and Europe and he has recently begun working in Asia. In these series, Sramek has used both panoramic formats and multi-exposure strip photography as well as large format photography and he combines film-based and digital processes. His street photography of the 1970s and 80s explored aspects of gender display as seen in fashion and body language, with an emphasis on male identities. Other bodies of work explore theoretical issues of the photographic medium or take on much more personal and emotional subjects, such as loss and desire.
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. Over the past 20 years, his administrative roles at OCAD U, in addition to terms as Chair of Photography and of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices, have included Associate and Assistant Dean positions in the Faculty of Art and, most recently, one 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 network (INTAC) has most recently held student shows in Japan, Canada, Finland, South Korea, China and Slovakia. Sramek has presented his experiences with online collaborative studio learning at various conferences including the Society for Photographic Education (Chicago), the National Institute of Design (India) and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
Peter Sramek lives and works in Toronto, Canada.