Above: born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nadia shared with Shafer that Toronto is home “because it’s the first place [she] called home.”

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Cosmopolitan Moments: Diversity through the lens of Colin Shafer

A young woman stands against a pole in a subway, framed within the window of the car. She looks directly at the camera. Her face is not expressionless, but it doesn’t evoke a particular expression either. This is what we see: her ease of presence in what is clearly her own space within this public landscape. This might be a mundane occurrence, easily captured on a camera phone, but the shot is clearly staged: meant to tell the viewer something about the woman in this spot in this subway car at this moment. Captured within the image, she now offers a story in an anthology of such images of Torontonians: a book of photographs curated and shot by Colin Shafer to capture the city’s complexity and cosmopolitanism.

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