Ian is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at York University. His background includes an MSc in Cultural Studies from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in English and Film from the University of Toronto. He joined the Visible City Project + Archive in 2006, contributing a paper to the fall Working Papers Series on the topic of photoblogging and street photography in Toronto.
His MA thesis examined the 1920s European avant-garde ‘city symphony’ films in relation to contemporary thought on the aesthetic form and experience of the modern city. Ian is currently researching the role of film and photography in the struggle over representations of place and the formation and transformation of identities associated with urban spaces.