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Celebration of Resistance

Ontario’s Days of Action

by Vincenzo Pietropaolo
introduction by Catherine Macleod

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list price: $29.95
category: Photography
published: 1999
publisher: Between the Lines

Since 1996, in more than a dozen cities, labour and community groups have organised some of the largest and most creative demonstrations in recent Canadian history. The Days of Action have been a vital force to dislodge the Tory government of Mike Harris, and its "common-sense revolution." With photographs from all the events, this book celebrates the achievement of large-scale, peaceful, and meaningful protest. Vincenzo Pietropaolo has been documenting social change movements in Canada for years and his keen professional eye brings to this book a wonderful sense of life and humour.

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Contributor notes

Vincenzo Pietropaolo is an award-winning photographer whose work has been widely published in Canada and abroad. An Italian-Canadian, he and his family immigrated to Canada in 1959. He is the author ofNot Paved With Gold (BTL, 2006).

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These images bear witness to an everyday kind of response and commitment…Pietropaolo chronicled the passion, drama, and the stories in each city, and honoured the stand that so many people took in those days. His version of those events, deeply personal and humane, challenges the stereotypical images produced and disseminated by the often cynical media…they help us see ourselves as part of a cohesive community…not as victims but as agents in a democratic process.

— Catherine Macleod, writer
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About the Authors

Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Vincenzo Pietropaolo was a city planner with the City of Toronto for over fifteen years before turning to photography full-time. His focus lies in social documentary photography and photojournalism and his projects have taken him to many cities around the world. Pietropaolo is an award-winning photographer and has been deemed “one of Canada’s pre-eminent documentary photographers” by Canadian Geographic Magazine. He and his partner still live in Toronto, ON where they are avid urban farmers in their own backyard.
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