Professional Urban Photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo will deliver the Annual Leo Srole Urban Studies Lecture on Thursday, April 19. Joining the Colleges to speak about his work and the evolution and development of his hometown, Pietropaolo will give his talk, “Toronto: Almost a Great City” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Using a series of his photographs, Pietropaolo will trace four decades of Toronto’s history as documented through his lens. From Toronto’s struggles with mediocrity in the 1960s, to its rise to World City status in the 1990s and now in its current efforts to maintain a quality of life in the face of suburbanization, Pietropaolo will outline the growth and development of this important urban area.
Once a city planner for Toronto in the late 1970s, Pietropaolo chose to become a full-time freelance photographer of cities in the early 1990s. Since then, he has established himself as one of the most important professional photographers in Canada. He is the author of 10 books of photography, including “Not Paved with Gold,” a collection illuminating the life of early Italian immigrants in Toronto, “Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Migrant Farm Workers in Canada,” and “Invisible No More: A Photographic Chronicle of People with Intellectual Disabilities.”
Pietropaolo is also a regular participant in the Toronto portion of the Two Cities experience, an integral part of the course regularly taught at HWS, guiding students through the back streets of Toronto and New York City.
The Leo Srole Lecture is a flagship event of the Urban Studies Program. Srole graduated from Harvard in 1933 and received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 1940. The internationally known urban sociologist taught in the HWS Department of Anthropology and Sociology before World War II, and is remembered as one of the Colleges’ most distinguished faculty of the past century. The lecture series established in his honor is charged with bringing ground-breaking urban thinkers to the HWS campus to explore the issues and concerns to which Srole dedicated his life.