Master of Arts - History of Art, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2017

Master of Fine Arts (Distinction), York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2000

Bachelor of Applied Arts, Film & Photography, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1980


2014        Centre for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

2012        MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

2011        O’Born Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2010        JCC Houston, Deutser Art Gallery, Houston, Texas

2009        O’Born Contemporary Gallery, Toronto

2008        Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris, France

2008        Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2007        Biblioteque Publique Cote St. Luc, Montreal, Quebec.

2006        Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick

2005        Rossella Junck Gallery, Venice, Italy

2005        Rossella Junck Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2005        The McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

2002        Museum Synagoge Gröbzig, Gröbzig, Germany

2001        The Koffler Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario

2001        National Library of Chile / Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, Santiago

2001        Verein an der Synagoge Bonn, Germany

2000        Europa Haus, Arnstadt, Germany

2000        Begegnungsstätte Kleine Synagoge, Erfurt, Germany

1997        Gallery Mistral, Montreal, Quebec

1997        The Photo Eclipse Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

1993        Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

1992        The Photography Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario

1991        Le Mois de la Photo a Montréal, Maison de la Culture Notre Dáme de Grace, Montréal

1991        Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1990      The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1990        Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1990        Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

1990      The Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Quebec

1989        Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1989      Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

1989        Gallery TPW, Toronto, Ontario

1988        The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1988        The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

1987        SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

1987        Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City

1983        Canadian Centre for Photography & Film, Toronto, Ontario


2019 “True to the Eyes,: The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Collection,” Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

2019 “ Terremoto: México City 1985 ,” Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

2019 “Beyond Boundaries,” Aperture Gallery, NYC, NY

2017         "Photography in Canada 1960-2000," National Gallery of Canada

2014        "In Character: Self-Portrait of the Artist as Another," Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

2013        “Other Electricities,” Works from the AGW Collection, Art Gallery of Windsor

2013        “Lead & Light,” Ryerson Image Centre

2013        “Clash: Conflict and Its Consequences,” National Gallery of Canada

2010        131, O’Born Contemporary Gallery, Toronto

2009        “Presence Through Absence,” Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario

2008        Exhibition Prix Roger Pic, Societé Civile des Auteurs Multimedia, Paris, France

2008-11    “Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration”

                   Oakland University Art Gallery. Rochester, Michigan, USA

                   Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia (June-October 2011)

2007        Social Works: Rafael Goldchain, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Larry Towell

                   Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor Ontario

2007-09    “Persona”: From the Collection. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

                   Touring exhibition: Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Ontario (2009),

                   Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario (2009)

2006        “Family Album,” The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York

2005        “Past Meets Present,” The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

2005        “Trading Places,” Le Mois de la Photo a Montréal, Saidye Bronfman Centre

2004-05    “Broken Ground,” Galerie Vaclav Spaly, Prague

                    Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

                    Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario

                   Burlington Art Center, Burlington, Ontario

                   Acadia University Gallery,  Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

2003        “Toronto Grid Works, “ York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

2000        “Intercept,” Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Queen's University, Kingston

1999        “tongues & ashes,” Kitchener - Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario

1998        Gallery Mistral, Montréal, Quebec – 3-person show

1997        "Here is Looking at Me Kid," Art Gallery of North York, Toronto, Ontario

1996        Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario – 3-person show

1995        Art Gallery of North York, Toronto, Ontario - Recent Acquisitions

1995        Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario - 5 Photographers

1994-99    "Carnet de voyage," Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Ontario

                   Museé du Québec, Québec, Surrey Art, Gallery, Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey B.C.

                   Le Pont Gallery, Aleppo, Syria

1993        "Contemporary Latin America Art," O.K. Harris/David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI, USA

1992        "A Personal View,” The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Collection

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery - Oshawa, Ontario,
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal,

Mount Saint Vicent University Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Rodham Hall, Ste. Catherines, Ontario

1990        "Paper-Chase," Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1990        "From Here to Infinity: The Landscape in View," Marianne Friedland Gallery

1989        "Faire image: Penser la photographie" - From the collection of the

                  Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Ontario

                  Museé de la civilisation, Québec, Musée Beaulne, Coaticook, Québec,

                  Galerie d'art du centre socio-culturel, Sherbrooke, Québec

                  Le Musée d'art, Joliette, Québec, Centre national d'exposition, Jonquiere, Québec

               Galerie Restingouche, Campbellton, Québec

1988        Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, Leopold Godowsky Awards Exhibition

1988        The Museum of Modern Art, New York - Recent Acquisitions

1988        Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, Ontario - Documentary Styles

1988        April - Month of Photography - Mérida, Yucatán, México

1985        Presentation House, Vancouver, B.C. - Photoperspectives ’85

1984        Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario - Responding to Photography

1983        C.E.P.A. Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. - Three Person Show

1982        “New Canadian Photography,” Canadian Centre for Photography & Film, Toronto

1980        A Moment in Time, Toronto, Ontario- Three Person Show


 I Am My Family: Photographic Memories and Fictions. With essays by Martha Langford and Rafael Goldchain

  Princeton Architectural Press, 2008

Nostalgia for an Unknown Land.  Introduction by Alberto Manguel and essay by Michael Torosian

 Toronto: Lumiere Press, 1989.


Roth, Paul and Morel, Gaëlle. “True to the Eyes: The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection,” Hirmer/Ryerson Image Centre 2019.

Thomas, Anne and McElhone, John, 2018. “The Extended Moment, “ Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. 5 Continents Editions. pp. 197

Kunard, Andrea 2017. “Photography in Canada 1960-2000,” Canadian Photography Institute. National Gallery of Canada.

Hirsch, Robert. "Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age." Focal Press, UK 2012

Ewing, William. “Face: The New Photographic Portrait.” Thames & Hudson, UK
Museé de L’Eliseé, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Blue Sky 07/08.  Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Dessureault, Pierre. "Travel Journals." Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography

Ewing, William. "Love and Desire - Photo works." Chronicle Books 1999

Langford, Martha, Ed. “Image and Imagination.” McGill University Press 2005

Murray, Joan. "Canadian Art in the 20th Century." Dundurn 1999: pp. 225, 226



Ho, Tam.”Rafael Goldchain and Sara Angelucci.” Art Panorama (China) 155. April 2011

Alterman, Esteban. “A Portrait of Me.” Jerusalem Report. Dec 2008

Holden, Richard. Border Crossings No. 108, Dec. 2008, p.107-109

Tolchinsky, Karen. “A Labour of Love.” The Vancouver Sun Nov. 1 2008

Sher, Emil. “Portrait of the artist as…well, everybody.” Globe and Mail, Oct. 11, 2008

Bigge, Ryan. “A Picture and a Thousand Words.” The Toronto Star, Sept. 28, 2008

Medley, Mark. “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Family.” National Post, Oct. 2008

Streicker, Joel. “Family-A Self-Portrait.” Daily Forward, NY Oct. 16, 2008

Hodges, Michael H. “Braided Roots: Exhibition explores blended identities in a globalized world.”

  The Detroit News, April 2, 2008

Passé recomposé. Liberation, Paris, France 10 July 2008

Langford, Martha. “The Varieties of Goldchain Experience.” Ciel Variable (C.V.) (March 2007): pp 4-11

Ruet, Karen. “Walking on Familial Ground.” Telegraph-Journal, Feb. 2006

Khositashvily, Lily. “A Comeback from the Past.” Georgia Today. Nov. 2005

Swinburn, Gema. “Review of exhibition of photographs by Rafael Goldchain at the National Library of Chile, Santiago.”

El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, June 17, 2001

Mandujano, Victor M.. “Foto Ficción Narrativa.” El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, May 10th, 2001

Mandujano, Victor M.. “Lo Real Maravilloso.” El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, May 12th, 2001

Applied Arts (Spring 1989) :19

Baele, Nancy. "Portraiture of solemn stares captures power and poverty."
  The Ottawa Citizen, November 11th, 1987

Bentley Mays, John. "Art Doubles as a Lesson in History."  Globe and Mail, 13th August 1983

Hill, Sharon. "Photographer focuses on Latin America connection."
  The Saturday Windsor Star, 19th of August 1989

Hlynsky, David. "Breathless Between Pages" VIEWS (Vol.6 No.4) : 9

Hume, Christopher. "Photographer's South America is captivating." The Toronto Star, 14/2/89

Kozinska, Dorota. "New Gallery in the Picture." The Gazette, Montreal (December 13, 1997)

Livingstone, David. "Art without a heartbeat." Maclean's (October 4th, 1982) :T6-T8

Taylor, Kate. "Interiors evoke absent owners." The Globe and Mail (July 31st, 1992)

von Hanffstengel, Renata. " Tribuna Crítica."  Foto Zoom (Noviembre 1987): 16-18



Canadian Art (Fall 1989)

Canadian Fiction Magazine (61/62), (69)

Dessureault, Pierre. "Quelques images de la collection du Museé Canadien de la Photographie    Contemporaine." SuMUM (April-Mai 1989)

Destinations (Winter1987)

Guilt and Pleasure (Summer 2006)

Harper’s December 1989

Jewish Currents (Fall 2006)

Manguel, Alberto. "Focus on Rafael Goldchain." Canadian Art (Fall 1989)

Manguel, Alberto. "The Memory of Exile."  Blackflash (Fall 1987)

Popular Photography (April 1989)

Sagaris, Lake. "Christmas In Tinquilco." Saturday Night (December 1991)

Snyder, Don. "Nostalgia for an Unknown Land." VIEWS (Winter 1989)

The Journal of Wild Culture(Fall 1987)

Toronto Life (April 1992)



Danson, Andrew. Broken Ground. “Broken Ground,” Galerie Vaclav Spaly, Prague
Baillargeon, Claude . Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration.

  Oakland University Art Gallery. Rochester, Michigan, 2008

A Personal View Exhibition Catalogue - Robert McLaughlin Gallery 1992, Oshawa, Ontario: 42,45

Baillargeon, Claude. "Rafael Goldchain: Recent Photographic Works."  Art Gallery of Hamilton


2019 The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture, Ryerson University, Toronto

2010     Society for Photographic Education

2009     Kodak Lecture, Ryerson University

2007     New York University, Bronfman Centre.

2005     Saidye Bronfman Centre, Le Mois de la Photo a Montréal

2003     Colloquium: 10 years from Analog to Digital. Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico DF



Cultural Delegation, State Visit to Chile and Argentina - Governor General of Canada.

Established Artist Grant, Visual Arts Section, The Canada Council, July 2001

The University Master Thesis Prize, York University, 2001

The Joseph Sarick Purchase Award, York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, 2001

The Duke and Duchess of York Award in Photography. The Canada Council, 1989

Leopold Godowsky Jr. Photography Prize. Photographic Resource Centre at Boston University, 1988

Ontario Arts Council 2019, 2000, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

The Canada Council 2008, 2005, 2000, 1989, 1986, 1985



Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

American Iron and Metal, Montreal, Québec

Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Ontario

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Ontario

Citibank Canada, Toronto, Ontario

Clapp & Eisenberg, New Jersey

Consejo Nacional de la Cultural y las Artes, México City

Dominion Trust, Toronto, Ontario

Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

Fasken Campbell Godfrey, Toronto, Ontario

Firsurban Development Corporation, Montreal, Québec

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Ontario

Goodman Philips & Vineberg, Toronto, Ontario

Goodman & Carr, Toronto, Ontario

Labatt Brewing Company, Toronto, Ontario

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California

National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

National Gallery of Canada

Nissan Canada, Toronto, Ontario

Noma Industries, Toronto, Ontario

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon.

Rose Corporation, Toronto, Ontario

Sunnybrook and Women’s Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario

              Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

The Toronto Stock Exchange

Vitran Corporation, Toronto, Ontario

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Xerox Canada, Toronto, Ontario

York University, Toronto. Ontario



Program Coordinator, Professor

Bachelor of Photography

Faculty of Animation Arts and Design

Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ontario      



2010-2011          Latin American Canadian Art Projects, Toronto - Board Chair

2011- current     Koffler Gallery, Toronto - Advisory Committee

2010 - current    Niagara College - Professional Advisory Committee

2013-14             Centennial College, Toronto - Ad Hoc Professional Advisory Committee