Italian-born (1951) Vincenzo Pietropaolo is an independent photographer based in Toronto. Active in photography since 1971, he is self-taught, and since 1992 has pursued photography full time after leaving a parallel career as a town planner with the city of Toronto.
Vincenzo is respected for his documentation of social issues, the world of work, and his exploration of urban issues in cities like Toronto, New York, Havana, and Mexico City. His work on street life in Toronto was used to illustrate a landmark exhibition of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
He exhibits his work regularly across Canada and internationally, and his work is included in the permanent collections of many art museums and other institutions.
He has published seven books of photography, including Not Paved with Gold: Italian-Canadian Immigrants in the 1970’s (BTL, 2006). His most recent book is Harvest Pilgrims, a documentation of migrant farm workers in Canada (BTL, Toronto, 2009).
His next book, Invisible No More, documentation of people with intellectual disabilities, will be released in June, 2010 by Rutgers University Press (New Jersey).
What others have said: “His work is a brilliant example of photography at its most ‘communicative’: for Pietropaolo, the camera is a tool for touching the world” (Geist magazine); “one of Canada’s pre-eminent documentary photographers.”(Canadian Geographic magazine).
Vincenzo can be reached at email@example.com.
He is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery and Pende Fine Arts.