Avon Theatre, Stamford, CT, BY Joseph O. Holmes
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King West, 416-599-8433 To June 15
Shot in cinemas in and around New York City - art houses, neighbourhood theatres and drive-ins, as well as the Museum of the Moving Image - Holmes's photographs reveal the unseen spaces where projectionists screen our films.
The film industry's glittery fantasies unspool from these utilitarian rooms, with unfinished cement walls, exposed wiring and pinned-up layers of posters, notes and schedules. Not everything was button-pushing digitized tech in 2012, when the images were made.
Those of us who still cherish the darkened theatre experience will recognize kindred spirits and unsung heroes in Holmes's portraits of the daylight-deprived workers who toil in these dim caves.