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Professor, Western University

Sarah Bassnett is a Professor of Art History specializing in the history of photography and photo-based contemporary art. Her research focuses on the intersections of photography and social change, especially in relation to issues of power and resistance. Her award-winning book, Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City (2016), examines photography’s role in the liberal reform of the early twentieth century. Photography in Canada, 1839-1989: An Illustrated History (2023), co-authored with Sarah Parsons, is the first comprehensive book on the history of photography in Canada.

Funded by a SSHRC Insight grant, Prof. Bassnett’s current research looks at how stories of late-20th and early-21st-century migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States are told through photography.


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    Professor, Western University