About the Book
Woolaver grew up in rural Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 1980 to study photography. He did a lot of street photography in those years, capturing street scenes with fresh eyes.
Michael Amo writes in the introduction, "When Avard arrived in Toronto in 1980, he brought that watchfulness with him, that deep-seated empathy for humans going about their solitary business, a simultaneous loneliness and delight in our ceaseless effort to remake the world in our own image."
Avard Woolaver has been taking photos for more than 40 years. He studied photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto and was in business in the commercial photo industry there for a number of years. He now lives in Nova Scotia. He's particularly interested in New Topographics--the documenting of the human-altered landscape--as well as whimsical scenes and elements of surrealism found in everyday life. Photography keeps him in touch with the changing seasons, and the passage of time. His images are intertwined with childhood memories and locations around Hants County, Nova Scotia. He has been scanning an archive covering thirty years which has led to three books: Toronto Flashback (1980-1986), No Money Down – Toronto (1980-1986) and Toronto Days. Other Books: Wish You Were Here (2018) and Colourville (2019). In March 2018 he had a solo exhibition at Ryerson University's Gallery 310. The show, featuring street photos taken from 1980 to 1995, was titled Toronto Days