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“For this project, I shadowed a team of in-house TRCA archaeologists over a period of four months as they worked to protect Toronto’s buried past from all manner of land-altering activities.
What attracted me to the project were the parallels between my photography and archeology. As a photographer, I shed light on a part of people’s lives they would otherwise not see. Similarly, archeologists unearth a part of people’s history, and point out aspects of their pasts through things discovered. In doing so, both the archeologists and I give people a part of their lives – a part they likely didn’t even know existed – back to them.”
– Christopher Manson
Christopher Manson is a photo-documentarian living between the United Kingdom and Canada. He currently works at Ryerson University in Toronto as a sessional professor at the School of Image Arts. His photographs have been published in a number of publications including: The Observer on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Express, Time Out magazine, and on The New York Times’ LENS blog. In 2011, he self-published his first photobook, Type 1 Teen, which tackled lifestyle changes required of Canadian adolescents living with type-1 diabetes. The book was nominated for a People’s Choice Award in the Photography Book Now competition later that year. A recipient of Visual Artist Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (2013) and the Toronto Arts Council (2011), and a Magnum Photos Scholarship (2010), Manson has spent the last two years documenting the predicaments facing First Nations diabetics living in the remote northern regions of Canada.