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by Jean Cochrane
photographs by Vincenzo Pietropaolo

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emigration & immigration
list price: $39.95
category: History
published: 2000
publisher: Boston Mills Press

Since the late 1800s, the Kensington area of Toronto has witnessed the dreams and struggles of successive waves of immigrants. This remarkable book examines the lives of the European Jews, Italians, Ukrainians, Hungarians, Portuguese, Asians, Blacks and other groups who came to Kensington and made it their home, their workplace, their village.


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Contributor notes

Jean Cochrane's previous books include The One Room School in Canada and Down on the Farm, an account of the lives of children on family farms before the Second World War. Her work is featured in the series titled Women in Canadian Life, The Canadians, and The Growth of a Nation. A former reporter for the Hamilton Spectator, she also spent ten years as women's editor for the Canadian Press and wrote the script for the documentary The Visible Woman. She is now retired.

Vincenzo Pietropaolo is an award-winning photographer widely known for his in-depth photo essays on immigrant cultures and workers. His work has been published and exhibited across Canada and abroad. He grew up in Toronto's west end and has been documenting life in Kensington since the late 1960s.


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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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