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Cosmopolitan Photography Series

'Cosmopolis' Features Torontonians from Every Country in the World

— November 23, 2016 — World
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.
Trend Themes
1. Multicultural Identity - Opportunity for brands to create inclusive marketing campaigns that highlight the diversity of their customer base.
2. Personalized Representation - Potential for personalized photography services that allow individuals to showcase their unique cultural backgrounds and experiences.
3. Cultural Exchange - Opportunity for global arts and travel industries to promote cultural experiences that foster understanding and appreciation of different cultures.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - Innovation potential in creating new platforms or apps that connect photographers with diverse subjects for meaningful projects.
2. Marketing - Opportunity for marketing agencies to develop campaigns that celebrate diversity and multiculturalism.
3. Arts and Culture - Potential for art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions to showcase diverse perspectives and promote cross-cultural understanding.
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