Documenting impact of Coronavirus on small business in Toronto, Canada
During the last weeks of March, when Ontario and federal governments instituted the countrywide lockdown, I grabbed an old Leica and went around the neighborhood – talking to local shop owners, many of whom have been my friends for years, and snapping pictures.
I found it shocking how little of substance had been said, both in social media and in mass publications, about the devastating effect the shutdown had on small business in Toronto. Bars, diners, small mom-and-pop shops, one-person operations, professionals in culture & arts sectors, basically everyone participating in a gig economy – all these people had their professional lives shuttered, and by and large excluded from any assistance programs outside of $2,000/mo CERB payments (how far does this go in Toronto these days?)
I’ve been taking pictures for close to two months now; it’s been awful to hear some of the stories. And yet, in every single one of these photos, they all smile
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High-resolution images are available free to all participants of this project. Eventually I am hoping to produce a set of prints and exhibit them… a heartfelt thank you to everyone who agreed to be a part.
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