Photographs of the Changing Port Lands

Construction on this major infrastructure project started in 2017 and will continue through 2024. Over the next five years, our construction will occupy an area the size of 100 football fields. Work will range from delicate underwater planting to major excavation with machinery often used in mining operations.

To document this transformation, we released a Request for Proposals in 2018 seeking professional artists interested in creating a collection of photographs over the course of five years. This project started in summer 2019. Scroll down to see the first series of photos.

We hope to capture the complexities of this large construction project, but will also document changes to the surrounding areas, telling the story of how the Port Lands is changing. Once our construction is complete, these images will serve as archival artifacts that we hope will contribute to the discourse and historical urban memory surrounding this massive transition in Toronto’s waterfront history.

About the artists

Ryan Walker is a Toronto-based photographer, specializing in documentary, editorial photography, and visual advocacy. Having graduated in 2013, Walker holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. He is also an educator for the BFA Photography Programs at Ryerson University and Sheridan College.

Vid Ingelevics is a Toronto-based photographer/artist, independent curator, writer and educator. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

People at work

Our first series of photo series focuses on people at work. The 100-hectare construction site is a place where hundreds of crew members spend long days and nights. These photos capture a moment in the workday of someone who is helping to build a new river, roads, bridges and parks. Scroll through the gallery below and follow the links to see portraits of crew members.

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Portraits

Ted

Julia

Randy

Brian

Adelino

Tihomira

Gledis

Troy

Mina

Chris

John and Bruce

Welder

Bermingham Welder

GFL Crew