Canadian Photographs, Sudbury Series

June 2012

Former Gas Station, Geoffrey James, 2013.

Photographer Geoffrey James visited Sudbury in June 2012 to document the city, as this mining town slowly reclaims and restores the region’s landscapes after a period of massive, systemic pollution. Differing from previous photo-essays on the city, this body of work extends beyond the depiction of mining and the fixation on its environmental consequences, attempting instead to represent Sudbury qua place. In other words, this work seeks to grasp the totality of Sudbury’s social, cultural, urban and economic development. Writer and critic Kenneth Hayes, who has done extensive research into the mining and geological history of the region, reflected upon these photos in an essay which was published alongside the photos in Prefix Photo issue 27, released in May 2013.