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The Pick: Dan Dubowitz’s apocalyptically still images of Fordlandia

Vultures from Dan Dubowitz’s Fordlandia (Image: Courtesy Bau-Xi Photo)

In 1928, Henry Ford seemed to epitomize everything noble about America: he was enterprising, industrious and self-made (not to mention the richest man in the world). That year, Ford bought a sprawling 10,000-square-kilometre plot of land in the Amazon rainforest to use as a rubber plantation for his tires and car parts. Adjacent to the rubber trees, he built Fordlandia, an all-American apple pie town where his workers could live. It was a spectacular failure. In a haunting new exhibit as part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Dan Dubowitz captures the eerie remnants of Henry Ford’s ghost town.

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Today in Toronto: Fordlandia and Picasso

Fordlandia: The Lost City of Henry Ford Photographer Dan Dubowitz is drawn to man-made environments in advanced states of disrepair, and the subject of this show more than qualifies. During the Depression, Henry Ford spent a billion dollars to build a city in the Amazon. It’s now largely abandoned, creating endless opportunities for Dubowitz’s decay-loving lens. Artwork $3,900–$8,500. Find out more »

Picasso Along with being the most famous painter of the 20th century, Picasso was a massive narcissist, as evidenced by the thousands of works he kept for himself, which are now in the Musée National Picasso in Paris. Toronto is the only Canadian stop for the touring version of the collection. Find out more »