Full Frontal T.O. features over three hundred gorgeous photos of Toronto's messy urbanism, with accompanying text by master urban explorer Shawn Micallef.
Patrick Cummins has photographed Toronto's built environment since 1978 and has worked as an archivist in Toronto since 1986.
Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and a senior editor at Spacing magazine.
I find it fascinating to see how Toronto has changed over the years. Full Frontal T.O. is Patrick Cummin's photo diary of just that. He has taken pictures of places over the last 30 years and goes back on a regular basis to note the changes. Shawn Micallef provides commentary to the pictures.
I enjoyed this book because most of the pictures are of the west end of the city (which is where I live) and there are a lot from my 'hood. I'd recommend it to anyone who lives or has lived in Toronto.
I noticed a couple errors, though ... for example, there are pictures that are noted to be on Queen Street W but are actually on Queen Street E. Another is an updated picture of the corner Queen Street W/Shaw which was supposed to have been taken in 2001 but must have been 2011 since the County General, which is now on that corner and in the picture, only opened last year.
I've been following Cummin's blog for a while. Here is one of his blog posts about my 'hood, which is also in the book. This is 936 King Street W (King W/Strachan).
Dude, where’s my chimney? It took a while before that spot on the roof was covered up – the details and remnants stick around sometimes. Another one that was never meant to stand the test of time, but did. Also, Toronto needs more palm trees.