'Cosmopolis' Features Torontonians from Every Country in the World

By: Joey Haar - Nov 23, 2016
References: cosmopolistoronto & torontolife
Torontonians like to tout the fact that their city is the most multicultural in the world, and 'Cosmopolis' is a photographic example of that multiculturalism. The series, created by photographer Colin Boyd Shafer, includes Torontonians from nearly every single country in the world.

Currently, Cosmopolis features Torontonians who hail from 195 different countries -- Shafer is only missing 10 small nations, including East Timor, San Marino and certain South Pacific islands. Nonetheless, the breadth of Torontonians, as featured in the series, is staggering.

The subjects in the series are all presented similarly, with neutral expressions and in more or less the center of the frame. However, Shafer let his subjects choose their own locations and encouraged them to include an object that ties them to their pasts.