Waving Flags: Toronto’s World Cup Frenzy

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Here it is, my first solo gallery exhibit.

Four years in the making, f11 project is happy to present:

Waving Flags: Toronto’s World Cup Frenzy
June 6-July 11
The Rivoli Lounge
344 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor

Opening Night
Thursday June 10, 2010
7-10 PM

Read more about the exhibit below and please join us for the opening.

About the exhibit:

In June of 2006, I journeyed across the Greater Toronto Area in search of fans from each of the 32 nations competing in the FIFA World Cup.

Three weeks, 800 km and 3500 photos later I had found fans of all 32 countries and documented them with my camera, from a single Ivory Coast fan watching a game in his apartment to 5,000 South Korean fans crammed into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The project was featured on both CBC’s Metro Morning (Radio) and CBC’s News at 6 (TV) when it was completed in June of 2006, I think because it shows both the diversity of Toronto and the unity of sport through greatest tournament in the world.  

All images were taken during a live television broadcast of a World Cup game, with the exception of one country where a re-broadcast was used. As a result, all of the the reactions and passions within the photos are live and on location, not recreated or staged after or before the event.

This project presents an alternative to typical Toronto World Cup photos; that is, fans waving flags in the street or viewers caught frozen with a flash. The images in this project use only the natural light provided so as not to interfere with those watching the games or the environment itself. As a result, many of the images are dark, due to the limited light available in darkened viewing areas. Some photos are blurry, due to the frenzy of the games most exciting moments. Joseph Michael felt this was the only way to take truly authentic pictures of viewers watching the World Cup.

And now, four years later, running concurrently with this year’s World Cup, the images will be on display.

Waving Flags: Toronto’s World Cup Frenzy
Presented by f11 project

June 6-July 11
The Rivoli Lounge
344 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor

Opening Night

Thursday June 10, 2010
7-10 PM

More information at f11project.

View images from all 32 teams at World Cup In Toronto.