Paul Roth has been named director of the Ryerson Image Centre at Toronto’s Ryerson University. He replaces founding director Doina Popescu, who served since 2008. Opened in September 2012, the Centre is devoted to the exhibition of and research into photography, especially photojournalism, and related disciplines including new media, installation and film. Its collection comprises over a quarter of a million examples. Roth’s five-year term starts this fall.
“Ryerson is the kind of institution I have dreamed of working at and running since I got involved with photography in my teens,” Roth told A.i.A. when reached by phone today. “It’s just a few years old, and there’s a tremendous energy and enthusiasm among the staff. It’s an institution on the rise, and I’m flattered to head it up.”
Roth was most recently senior curator and director of photography and media arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., where he worked since 2011, after previously working at the same museum from 1995 to 2009. At the Corcoran, he organized or co-organized shows including “Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power” (2008) and “Sally Mann: What Remains” (2006).
Among his other qualifications, Roth was executive director of New York’s Richard Avedon Foundation from 2010 to 2011. He organized the Robert Frank Archive at Washington’s National Gallery of Art (1991-94) and worked at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Ariz. (1986-91).