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From an early age, David was impressed by the way that photographs could render the human condition.  His development as a “street photographer” probably began with the impatience that he felt during family photography sessions growing up in Toronto, Canada. Rather than expect his subjects to wait for him, he prefers to move at the same pace as his subjects. 

 

Since the 1980s, he’s used his camera to explore urban communities, self awareness, the stories of Black Canadians, and our relationship with the natural world.  

  

His work has been exhibited in Berlin, Paris, Sao Paolo, Bamako, Washington D.C as well as  The Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum. His work has been published in the Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography, Revue Noire, Camera Canada, and his own Regent Park: the Public Experiment in Housing. His work is in public and private collections including that of Nelson Mandela’s estate.  

David Ofori Zapparoli
Toronto, Canada

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

“Raptors Fever” (postponed), Weston Commons, group show, May 2020

 

Acquisition of 4 works by Art Gallery of Ontario, June 2019

 

“The 1884 Blues” as part of a two person show, Drake Hotel, 2017

 

“Outside These Walls”, two person show at Carleton University, 2017

 

“Position as Desired”, group show, Art Gallery of Windsor, 2017

 

“Tributes and Tributaries”, group show, AGO, September 2016 - June 2017

 

“Pixelation”, group show, OCADU, February - March 2016

 

“Adinkra Project”, digital photography, A Space (windows), November 2015 to January 2016

 

“Adinkra Project”, digital photography, 182 Symington Avenue, Toronto, group show, September 2014

 

“I HeArt Regent Park”, photography, Daniel Spectrum, Toronto, group show, May to July, 2014   

 

“Position As Desired”, photography, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax, group show, 2013

PUBLISHED WORKS

 

 

 

Tributes and Tributaries, catalogue, 2015

                                                                                        Toronto Grid Works, catalogue, 2003

Making Our Mark, published by Between the Lines, 1999 

 

Regent Park:  The Public Experiment in Housing, catalogue, 1999

 

The Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography , published by Revue Noire, 1998, full page

 

African Canada, Revue Noire publishers, one page, 1997

 

Toronto’s Toronto, Toronto Animation Workshop,1988, full page

 

Camera Canada, “Urban Contrast”, a periodical, six pages, 1987

 

Celebrate Our City, McClennand and Stewart, commemorated Toronto’s 150th year, 1984

GRANTS & AWARDS

Ontario Arts Council, project grant, 2018

 

Canada Council, Travel Grant, 2000

Canada Council, Project Grant, 2000

Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant, 1999

Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, 1998

 

Canada Council, Travel Grant, 1998

Toronto Arts Council, Project Grant, 1997

Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant, 1995

Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, 1991

Canada Council, Explorations Grant, 1990

 

Toronto Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant, 1990

1st prize, Celebrate Our City: a photography competition with over 12,000 entrants, 1984