Phil Bergerson - Birmingham, Alabama, (detail), 2006, American Artifacts, photo credits - artist

Phil Bergerson/ Phil Bergerson

Canada 1947

Photography

Phil Bergerson
Phil Bergerson
Male
Canada
1947

Phil Bergerson is a Canadian photographer who has been taking pictures and exhibiting internationally for over three decades. He is known for his photographs which celebrates the minutiae of everyday life. Bergerson received a Ryerson Diploma with honours in Photographic Arts from the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto, Canada in 1970, and completed his BFA with honours from the York University, Toronto, Canada in 1972.

American Shards

American Shards is a richly descriptive series of photographs by Phil Bergerson, made during a series of trips he took across the United States in search of the “American Dream”. The artist has explored the culture of the USA through an investigation of its streets resulting in a series of images of urban and rural America full of irony and pathos, critique and empathy.
Phil Bergerson’s book, Shards of America was published in 2004 by the New York Publisher – Quantuck Lane Press.

Left: Phil Bergerson - New York, New York, #2, 2001, American Shards / Right: Phil Bergerson - Richmond, Indiana, 1998, American Shards, photo credits - Stephen Bulger Gallery
Left: Phil Bergerson – New York, New York, #2, 2001, American Shards / Right: Phil Bergerson – Richmond, Indiana, 1998, American Shards

American Artifacts

Bergerson’s new book entitled American Artifacts was published by Black Dog Press, London, England, in association with the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada.
The book is a complex and poetic photographic portrait of United States as it simmered its way through the first ten years of the 21st century.

Left: Phil Bergerson - Adel, Georgia, 1998, American Artifacts / Right: Phil Bergerson - Montgomery, Alabama, 2004, American Artifacts
Left: Phil Bergerson – Adel, Georgia, 1998, American Artifacts / Right: Phil Bergerson – Montgomery, Alabama, 2004, American Artifacts

His images reflect the modern city through streetscapes, displays in store windows, abandoned automobiles and businesses, as well as graffiti and hand-lettered signs. Throughout, there are notions of patriotism, religious passion and hints of violence. All the photographs are as complex as the culture from which they spring.
American Artifacts was launched at the opening of Bergerson’s solo show Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream at the Ryerson Image Centre in January 2014.

Phil Bergerson - Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream, solo show at Ryerson Image Centre, 2014, installation view, photo credits - Urban Toronto
Phil Bergerson – Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream, solo show at Ryerson Image Centre, 2014, installation view

Kodak Lecture Series

Phil Bergerson taught photography at Ryerson University from 1975 until his retirement in 2005. There he established and organized the annual international Kodak Lecture Series on photography. In 1979, he organized Canadian Perspectives, a National Conference on Photography in Canada, and in 1983, the first International Symposium on Photographic Theory.
He has also arranged several photographic study trips to Europe and Asia.
Bergerson received many awards including the prominent Sahota Award for excellence in teaching and creative research.
Phil Bergerson’s photographs have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Toronto Life and Walrus Magazine, to name a few.

Exhibitions and Collections

Phil Bergerson’s work has been included in many individual and collective exhibitions at National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (1974); Deja Vue Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (1975, 1976, 1978, 1980); The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK (1981); Photo Union Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario (1984); Galerie Image Innée, Amiens, France (1983); Alvin Gallery, Hong Kong (1984); Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, QC (1986); Tijuana Cultural Centre of Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico (1989); The Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario (1996); Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (2001); Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (2002); Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (2010); Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario (2012), among others.

His work is found in many prestigious collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France; Portland Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA; The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Canada.

Phil Bergerson is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/group
2014Emblems and Remnants of the American DreamRyerson Image Centre, Toronto, ONSolo
2013American ShardsMacDonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, ONSolo
2013Bermuda SightingsBermudaSolo
2012Shards of AmericaArt Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ONSolo
2011The Art of CaringMuseum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2011With us at Every AgeIMA Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2011Spaces In The CityNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ONGroup
2010The Art of CaringCincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2010Beyond PlacePortland, ORGroup
2009Sublime EncountersStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2009The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through PhotographyNew Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA Group
2008The Big GiftThe Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, ABGroup
2007Shards of AmericaBlue Sky Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2007CollectedRyerson Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2006On Paper: Works from the DMG Permanent CollectionDoris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, ONGroup
2006Office AuraDorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NYGroup
2005Past Meets PresentMacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ONGroup
2005Digs in the ZoneMaison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Le Mois de La Photo, Montreal, QCGroup
2004Shards of AmericaBernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MASolo
2004Shards of AmericaCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ONSolo
2004Shards of AmericaStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2004Little Stabs of Happiness Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2004Photo-LondonRoyal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, EnglandGroup
2004AIPAD, Association of International Photography Art Dealers ExhibitionNew York Hilton, New York CityGroup
2003Locations: Space, Culture and IdentityThe Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, ABGroup
2003Summer ReviewStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2003View Amnesty International Exhibition and AuctionPicto Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2003Toronto International Art FairMetro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ONGroup
2002Messages from New YorkMacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ONSolo
2002Welcome LifeBernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA.Solo
2002Notations From AmericaPremier Dance Theatre, Toronto, ONSolo
2002New York after New YorkMusee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, SwitzerlandGroup
2002Armory Show ExhibitionNew York Armory, New York City, NYGroup
2002Toronto Art FairConvention Centre, Toronto, ONGroup
2002Summer ReviewStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2002Bringing to OrderCMCP, Ottawa, ONGroup
2002Animal LogicStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2001Extracts of AmericaStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2001Shards of CivilizationNickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, ABSolo
2001Shards of CivilizationSouthern Alberta Museum of Art, Lethbridge, ABSolo
2001Bermuda CollectionNational Gallery of Bermuda, BermudaGroup
2001The Power of ReflectionSaidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, QCGroup
2000Bermuda SightingsRyerson Gallery, (80 Spadina), Toronto, ONSolo
2000The Bermuda CollectionUniversity of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, ONGroup
1999The Photography LessonHarbourfront Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
1997Phil BergersonStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1997Landworks ExhibitionRyerson Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
1996Structures in a Social LandscapeThe Station Gallery, Whitby, ONSolo
1995Phil BergersonStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1995Structures in a Social LandscapeCentre National D'exposition, Jonquière, QCSolo
1993Phil BergersonCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ONSolo
1993Phil BergersonGalerie Image Innee, Amiens, FranceSolo
1993Site ExhibitionC.M.C.P., Ottawa, ONGroup
1992Phil BergersonRyerson University, Resource Centre, Toronto, ONSolo
1992Beau Opening exhibition of C.M.C.P.Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ONGroup
1991Interpretations of Landscapes and DanceEtobicoke City Hall Art Gallery, Etobicoke, ONGroup
1991UnknownRyerson Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
1990Phil BergersonRyerson University Photography Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1990Canada/Mexico Exchange ExhibitionFototeca De Cuba, Havana, CubaGroup
1990Toronto Photographer's WorkshopToronto, ONGroup
1989Canada/Mexico Exchange ExhibitionTijuana Cultural Centre of Tijuana, Tijuana, MexicoGroup
1989UnknownUniversity of Vera Cruz, Xalapa, MexicoGroup
1988Faculty ExhibitionRyerson Polytechnical Institution, Toronto, ONGroup
1988Canada/Mexico Exchange ExhibitionMexico City, MexicoGroup
1986Phil BergersonCollege Samuel, Gewest, Ottawa, ONSolo
1986Phil BergersonGalerie Sequence, Jonquière, QCSolo
1986UnknownMusee du Quebec, Quebec City, QCGroup
1986UnknownArt Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ONGroup
198650 Years of Modern Colour Photography, 1936 - 1986 Photokina, Cologne, West GermanyGroup
1986UnknownMusees d'Art et d'Histoire de La Rochelle, FranceGroup
1986UnknownDalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, NSGroup
1985Phil BergersonDunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SKSolo
1985Phil BergersonNew Brunswick Craft School, Fredericton, NBSolo
1985Contemporary Canadian Photography from N.F.B. Collection National Gallery of CanadaCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ONGroup
1985Naked ExhibitionBoulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, COGroup
1985Photographs from Toronto CollectorsArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONGroup
1985N.F.B. CollectionWinnipeg Art Gallery, MBGroup
1985N.F.B. CollectionPresentation House, Vancouver, B.C.Group
1984Phil BergersonPhoto Union Gallery, Hamilton, ONSolo
1984Phil BergersonOntario House, London, EnglandSolo
1984La Photographie CreativeBibliotheque Nationale, Pavillon des Arts, Paris, FranceGroup
1984Unconventional Photographic Images by Canadian Artists Alvin Gallery, Hong Kong, Group
1984N.F.B. CollectionEdmonton Art Gallery, AB , Group
1984Seeing People Seeing SpaceNational Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, EnglandGroup
1984UnknownPeterborough Art Gallery, Peterborough, ONGroup
1983Phil BergersonStudio 666 Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
1983LandsitesPhotographer's Workshop Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, ONGroup
1982New Canadian PhotographyCanadian Centre of Photography, Toronto, ONGroup
1982Recent AcquisitionsNational Film Board, Ottawa, ONGroup
1981Phil BergersonThe Photographer's Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
1981Phil BergersonKedros Gallery, Oxfordshire, EnglandSolo
1980Phil BergersonDeja Vue Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1980UnknownPhotographer's Workshop Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, ONGroup
1978Phil BergersonDeja Vue Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1977Phil BergersonUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NMSolo
1977UnknownKitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ONGroup
1977Ontario Now Part 2Art Gallery of Hamilton, ONGroup
1976Phil BergersonDeja Vue Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1975Phil BergersonDeja Vue Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1975Phil BergersonCollectors' Gallery, Toronto, ON Solo
1975UnknownSt. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, ONGroup
1975ExposureArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONGroup
1974Recent AcquisitionsNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ONGroup
1974Unknown567 Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
1974Ryerson: A Community of PhotographersRoyal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ONGroup
1972Phil BergersonStong College Gallery, York University, Toronto, ONSolo
1970UnknownNightingale Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup