27 × 31 cm | 12 × 11 in
150 ills | 208 pages

Photographer: Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Contributors: Don Snyder, Maia-Mari Sutnik

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Italian-born, Canada-based documentary photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo has made it his life’s mission to photograph working-class culture and the immigrant experience.

In Ritual, he brings together a retrospective collection of 150 photographs taken over four decades. The book is an historic documentation of the Good Friday procession—an elaborate event that takes place annually in the streets of Toronto’s Little Italy. Consisting of multiple re-enactments with live actors and statues of Biblical tableaux vivants that depict the Via Crucis (the way of the Cross), the event is the emotional high point of the community’s calendar, and the largest such event anywhere in the world.

The book’s lavish selection of images are accompanied by an essay from Pietropaolo that discusses the history of the procession and his life as an Italian immigrant.

Pietropaolo is renowned for his use of documentary photography as a tool to draw attention to social issues; Geist claims that his work “is a brilliant example of photography at its most communicative”. His work features in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.