Analogue Gallery is a newish Queen West gallery that aims to exhume from the annals of music history the unpublished images of noted photographers. For music lovers, the small space is a spine-tingling taste of the ubiquitous. From a pensive portrait of Leonard Cohen to a low angle shot of a leggy Debbie Harry (live and in her prime) to a bizarrely gilded Bjork writhing at the mike, the rich walls of the Analogue Gallery revivify the music world simply by being.
But Analogue's creative director and music photographer, Lucia Graca, has an M.O. that extends far beyond recovering the lost moments of music's past. Graca maintains that she "resents the fact that young people can't afford original artwork" and by keeping costs down on images snapped within the last ten years (starting at $100), she feels she provides to youthful collectors authentic works that "say something about their generation."
Though the carefully curated Analogue Gallery does retain an impressive catalogue of distinguished photographers, Graca plans on expanding her collection to support local work. Currently, the gallery features selections from Toronto's own Barrie Wentzell, who has snapped the likes of Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and the Beatles, to name a few.
If nothing else, Analogue, hauntingly alive in its stunning portraiture of past and present, reawakens within us the idea that music has altered the face of history and for that reason, the Toronto gallery does its part to assure us that rock and roll - in all of is permutations - will never die.
Writing by Erin Hershberg. Photos by Jason Taveres