Shortlisted for the 2013 Toronto Book AwardsFor over thirty years, Patrick Cummins has been wandering the streets of Toronto, taking mugshots of its houses, variety stores, garages, and ever-changing storefronts. Straightforward shots chronicle the same buildings over the years, or travel the length of a block, facade by facade. Other sections collect vintage Coke signs on variety stores or garage graffiti.Full Frontal T.O. features over three hundred gorgeous photos of Toronto's messy urbanism, with accompanying text by master urban explorer Shawn Micallef (Stroll). 'Cummins's photographs do not display human subjects, but, more poignantly, objects and buildings in which people have invested themselves, and that are erased or transformed by subsequent layers of human activity. In Full Frontal T.O. the city's quotidian architecture is a dynamic and human subject central to the city's identity.' - Toronto Review of Books
Patrick Cummins has photographed aspects of Toronto's built environment since 1978. He has worked since 1986 with the City of Toronto's archival program, specializing in photographic, cartographic and architectural records. He has had work featured in several award-winning photo exhibitions.Shawn Micallef: Shawn Micallef is a senior editor at Spacing magazine; a co-founder of [murmur], the location-based mobile-phone documentary project; and founding editor of the weekly Toronto web magazine, Yonge Street. He writes about cities, culture, buildings, art and politics for a variety of media outlets, and is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto.