Between the Lines
This collection of stunning photographs and inspired commentary documents the lives of Italian immigrants to Toronto. Award-winning photographer and cultural historian Vincenzo Pietropaolo has spent much of his life taking pictures inside the tightly knit Italian-Canadian community. While the images in this book are part of the fabric of life in Toronto, they transcend the specificity of place to evoke the lives of immigrants in cities around the world. With a foreword by novelist Nino Ricci, essay by Giuliana Colallilo, author interview by photographer Denyse Gérin-Lajoie, and context provided by Pietropaolo, Not Paved with Gold pays tribute to the broad spectrum of the immigrant experience.
'As a writer I know I have the leisure to revisit a passage, a sentence, a single word, a dozen times if I need to get it right, but a photographer has no such luxury. It seems a little miracle that photographers ever get it right, that out of the usual chaos of things they can pick out the moment when a thing is truly revealed. This is a book full of such little miracles, one that repays the eye with new perspective and depth with each viewing.' Nino Ricci, from the Foreword
About the Author
Vincenzo Pietropaolo is an awardwinning photographer whose work has been published in Canada's Globe and Mail, and in many international publications. An ItalianCanadian, he and his family immigrated to Canada in 1959. He is the author of Celebration of Resistance: Ontario's Days of Action (BTL, 1999).