Major Exhibitions

Doors Open Toronto 2014

A public installation consisting of 10 oversized printed images of Toronto's underground utility systems, including sewers, heating and cooling distribution tunnels, and a future transmission tunnel. Presented by Great Gulf for Doors Open Toronto.

May 24-25, 2014

CONTACT 2013 Public Installation

A major public installation consisting of 27 large-dimension images of Toronto sewers (+ contextual material), exhibited underground for one month in Toronto's St. Patrick Subway Station. Produced by Pattison OneStop and Art for Commuters, in partnership with the 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

May 1-31, 2013

Water is Life: Keeping Hamilton Alive for 150 Years

The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, in conjunction with Hamilton's Water and Wastewater Division, celebrated the anniversary of the city's drinking water system with a year-long exhibit about the system. Michael Cook was commissioned to prepare original photography of the city's treatment plants, pumping stations and storm/overflow sewers for the museum's exhibition and archives.

October 2009 - August 2010

Other Exhibitions

2011. As part of "The Fuel of Life: Energy in the 21st Century." Touring exhibit presented by PhotoSensitive and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. Exhibited at Brookfield Place, Toronto, November-December 2011.

2010-2011. As part of "TRASHFOODFUELWATERAIR." Presented by Circuit Gallery and Alphabet City. Toronto Free Gallery.

2008. "Water Underground." Presented by Human River and Coach House Books. Blue Barracks, Fort York. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. *

(* denotes solo show)


Published Work

2010, with Andrew Emond. Elevator Alley: The working landscape of Buffalo's First Ward (Furnace Press).

2009. "In the Tunnels of the Ontario Generating Station." in John Knechtel (ed.) Water (Alphabet City #14) (MIT Press).

2009, 2007. Photographs and interview, in Geoff Manaugh. The BLDGBLOG Book (Chronicle Books) and at bldgblog.blogspot.com.

2008. "Water Underground: Exploring Toronto's sewers and drains." in Wayne Reeves and Christina Palassio (eds.) HTO: Toronto's Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-Flow Toilets (Coach House Books).

Photographs by Michael Cook have been featured in Domus Magazine, The Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, Maclean's Magazine, Canadian Business, Daily Commercial News, Geist Magazine and New Centennial Review.

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