THE BEATLES AT THE HOT STOVE LOUNGE, MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, TORONTO, AUGUST 17, 1966
formerly (c) Estate of Ivaan Kotulsky. Now (c) Ryerson University!
I guess this is the last time I'll ever write "(c) Estate of Ivaan Kotulsky" underneath this photograph, or any other photos taken by Ivaan of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Jimi Hendrix, because Ryerson University, Ivaan's alma mater, has asked to acquire all of his photos and the copyright to the images. On the one hand, the prospect of them leaving my possession is bittersweet. On the other hand, Ivaan would have been thrilled that Ryerson is their new home.
Ryerson University recently bought Maple Leaf Gardens, where this photo and all Ivaan's photos of Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger were taken, so it's a great fit, because the photos will be in the public domain, instead of in a closet. I'm really grateful to our longtime friend, Stephen Bulger, whose photographic gallery on Queen Street West, the Stephen Bulger Gallery, has actually been housing the collection for me since Ivaan's death, and who kindly handled the transaction with Ryerson on behalf of Ivaan and me. If you haven't been to his gallery, please don't miss the opportunity. You'll get to see some beautiful photography.
So that is why I have been organizing Ivaan's photos over the past few weeks. There are tens of thousands of them already sorted, and I have a long way to go yet. I'm going to post a few photos, in the hopes that someone out there knows the mystery person in the photo. Actually, that will be the subject of my next post.
Anyway, to The Beatles, Mick and Jimi: it's been nice sharing cupboard space with you. Enjoy your new home. I know Ivaan will be winking down at you from the great darkroom in the sky.
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