This publication grew out of an undergraduate seminar course offered in the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto in fall 2011. We looked at multiple perspectives on landscape representations. Examined as a form of cultural practice, we considered the significances of landscape as space and place relative to geography, environment, politics and histories. The book contains nine essays as well as ten photographic portfolios by students in the course.
Katy McCormick is a photo-based artist working in Toronto. She studied Fine Arts with Harry Reese and Richard Ross at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in printmaking, artists books, and photography, and graduated with a BFA in 1984. She obtained her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987, studying with Joyce Neimanas. In the 1990s, she photographed extensively in French gardens. Today, her work focuses on commemorative sites, revealing narratives and social histories embedded in landscapes. Nikkei Ground Zero: Revisiting American and Canadian Japanese Internment, begun Sept 2012 examines sites formerly used in the relocation and imprisonment of the Japanese Diaspora in WWII. Other works examine histories related to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Destinies Made Manifest: Reading the Washington Mall explores her American roots while probing the process of monument making and its role in the construction of historical narratives.