Robert Lansdale Photography Ltd. fonds
Robert Lansdale Photography Ltd.
2.4 metres of graphic and textual records
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Robert Lansdale (b 1931), a Toronto photographer, has had a long and active career as a commercial photographer and photojournalist, beginning with Federal Newsphotos (1953-1961), then with Jack Marshall Ltd (1961-1968) and finally, with his own business, Robert Lansdale Photography Ltd (1968-). Mr. Lansdale received his formal education in photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) from which he graduated in 1953. In 1967 he became an Accredited Photographer in commercial/industrial photography. Beginning in the early 1960's, Mr. Lansdale was hired regularly by the University of Toronto to undertake a wide variety of photographic assignments. He worked primarily for the Department of Public Affairs, providing the photographic record required for official promotional and news purposes of the University. The frequency of these assignments resulted in him being recognized by the University community as the "U. of T. photographer". Mr. Lansdale has won a number of awards: Globe and Mail Spot News trophy, 1956 and 1958, the Graflex of Canada Publicity trophy in 1962 and 1963, Toronto Telegram Sports Photography trophy, 1963 and Eaton's of Canada plaque for best black and white photo in Show, 1956.
This fonds of approximately 50,000 images was donated to the University of Toronto Archives in 1998. It provides a very complete historical record of the university from the mid-1960's to the mid-1980's. Mr. Lansdale, the sole photographer for his company, produced both formal and informal photographs of campus scenes, events, faculty, staff, students, streetscapes and buildings. Among the portrait photographs are prominent local, regional and national figures such as Northrop Frye, Margaret Atwood, W.O. Mitchell, Margaret Lawrence, Marshall McLuhan, Pauline McGibbon, members of the Royal family, a young Bob Rae as student activist, and presidents of the University from Claude Bissell (1958-1971) to Robert Prichard (1990-2000). Group photographs were taken of graduating classes, convocations, faculty and staff meetings, alumni, theatrical and other events at Hart House, and social occasions such as campus receptions. Interior and exterior views of buildings at the St. George, Erindale (Mississaugua) and Scarborough campuses provide a very complete historical record of the changing architecture of this urban-oriented educational institution. Student activities such as sporting events, theatre, musical concerts, public debates, rallies and demonstrations are also represented in this collection.
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