Spremo, like one of my other favourite photographer, Ted Grant, is decorated highly for his dramatic photographs of politicians and of war zones. For my own part, it was his day-to-day photography for the local newspaper that has always stuck with me. Spremo’s work in the Toronto Star represents one of the most impressive set of eyes on the rapidly-growing city and his body of work continues to provide me with so much inspiration for stories to write.
One of most important changes for Toronto; seen here from the top of the Toronto-Dominion Bank; came on Jan. 1; 1967; when Metro was reorganized to become one city and five boroughs. In process the city of Toronto lost power on Metro Council – from its own 12 seats against the suburbs’ 12; to same 12 seats against the boroughs’ 20. But the new system seems to be working better than most people expected, 1967. Image: Boris Spremo / Toronto Star / Toronto Public Library, Baldwin Collection, Item TSPA 0108878f.
Workmen erecting the steel base for the new Top of Toronto restaurant at the Sky Pod level last year grinned back at photographer Spremo balanced on a steel girder just above them. Said Spremo: Standing there; shooting out into space; felt rather like flying a plane without any wings, 1974. Image: Boris Spremo / Toronto Star / Toronto Public Library, Baldwin Collection, Item TSPA 0109818f.