As-Salāmu `Alaykum السلام عليك
Artist, Activist, Author, Islamic Banker, Photo(B)logger.
In November 2006, ran for a seat on Toronto City Council. In 2010, put Heart and Soul into becoming Mayor of Toronto (The other guy won).
I travel at the drop of a hat, hence the photos I post are often of places far away from my home base of Downtown Toronto and often not in any chronological order.
Photo permission requests / E-Mail: Photopia.TYO @ gmail DOT com
Current location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (via Lightstalkers)
Haven't been photoblogging nor flickr posting properly lately, that's cuz I've been working on a website I co-founded...
-- Edit Your City!
A city wiki for my hometown. :-)
N.B. Dear NowPublic.com, You guys have stolen/used/misappropriated my photos without my consent too many times. I keep blocking each and every single flickr user account that is created to send me those trick emails that invite me to click and 'approve' the use of my photos on your site without first seeing what photo you are requesting use of, and without detailing the context my photo is to be used alongside. You DO NOT allow people to 'un-approve' the use of their photos with or without their permission.
There I ask again that NowPublic Immediately stop using any and all of my photographs in any context on their web service.
HiMY SYeD, Independent Photojournalist, was born in 1970 on an island near some tennis courts (Wimbledon, England), migrating to the known centre of the universe (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on groundhog day 1974.
His journalism career began in 1982 writing and cartooning a child's perspective on the Village of Parkdale in west end Toronto for The Cuckoo's Egg newspaper.
Since then he has written and/or photographed globally for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Colorlines Magazine, New York Magazine, Dublin Magazine, Outside the Beltway, The Progressive, the International Journal of Arts & Sciences, among others in South Asia and North America.
Locally his photos have seen print in Desi Life Magazine, Desi Talk, Socialist Worker, The Activist Magazine, Schmap Toronto City Guide 2007, Toronto Magazine 2009 and the Ryerson University School of Journalism.
A hand drawn map of a possible realignment of political boundaries across south west asia projected into the near future, he first published in 1992, has remained in public discourse and discussion on the future of the countries in South Asia during each and every election cycle or leadership change in the region.
He work has been featured on the front page of Christianity Today ( 12 / 19 / 2007 ), and was Labourstart's Photo of The Week ( 3 / 17 / 2007 ).
His photographs often complement daily posts published on Toronto's leading city blogs: Spacing Magazine's Toronto Wire, BlogTO, Torontoist, OpenFile Toronto; in addition to numerous wiki pages on www.Torontopedia.ca and www.wikisauga.ca.
Municipally, his photos contribute towards a culture of civic engagement.
In British Columbia, photos of the June is Bike Month critical mass 2006 bike ride were published in an information primer for public distribution in advance of a public consultation process by the Sustainability Group with the City of Vancouver for a then new initiative called EcoDensity.
In Ontario, the Toronto Reference Library has included his photos in their 2008-2011 strategic planning document. The strategic plan is a document produced mainly for internal use and for distribution to library stakeholders, such as other library systems, politicians, funders, and by the Library Foundation for distribution to potential donors.
In Toronto, his work appeared in Upping the Antiracism: Chinese Canadian Youth Against Racism, published by The Chinese Canada National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO). The booklet was written and designed by Chinese Canadian youth to raise issues including media underrepresentation, racial stereotyping, and cultural barriers from the perspective of youth.
His photos have appeared in books, most recently in uTOpia compilation #4: HTO, and most notably on the cover of The Hurt Business, edited by William Anthony Nericcio.
In June 2002 he attended the funeral of an unsung Canadian hero of the internet revolution, Greg Allan, in Meaford Ontario. The outcome of this trek up north was a book entitled Greg Allan: March 6, 1973 - June 16, 2002 | Adam_Baum: PostNuke .50 - .714.
In January 2005, following the Boxing Day Tsunami across South East Asia and the Indian Ocean, he organized the first of two Tsunami Global Vigil for the Global Village in cities around the world from his grandparent's online desktop in San Francisco. One month after the Tsunami, along with two dozen Californians, he recreated a giant outline of the Indian Ocean region in luminaria on Ocean Beach.
In December 2005, he was featured in Time Magazine (Canadian Edition) and the National Post for organizing year end vigils commemorating all 52 victims of gun violence during Toronto's Summer of The Gun, following the boxing day shooting and murder of Jane Creba on Yonge Street. Consequently, gun violence prevailed as a major issue during the then federal election campaign.
The Globe and Mail profiled him during his run for a seat on city council initially as a semi-finalist in the City Idol contest and then against Toronto's deputy mayor in Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina. His photoblog images and campaign video log entries found their way onto numerous blogs and online media covering the 2006 municipal election.
SYeD, though investing significant amounts of time in a dozen different cities has kept downtown Toronto as his home base since 1974. His parallel careers include Interest-Free Banking and Islamic Finance, Civil Rights Advocacy, and creating Giant Outstallation Art often using the beach as his canvas or the streets for his labyrinths.
He has never been married but has been divorced twice.
He finds it annoying writing about himself in the third person.
- Toronto Standard Photo Pool 507 photos, 22 members
- MUNI & BART 10,473 photos, 933 members
- Sunday walks - Or just photos from your walk. 2,963 photos, 209 members
- SF Bay Area Unlimited 6,551 photos, 166 members
- North American Rail Transit 2,365 photos, 43 members
- SFist 65,356 photos, 1,391 members
- Bombardier Rail Transit 410 photos, 18 members
- Liberal Party of Canada - Parti libéral du Canada 738 photos, 41 members
- Toronto EMS 1,207 photos, 14 members
- Metrô Rio 33 photos, 13 members
- GTA Transit - not TTC 549 photos, 44 members
- TTC Streetcars 699 photos, 103 members
- The Grid – Toronto 5,029 photos, 161 members
- Railpath Community Run 140 photos, 5 members
- Toronto Is Awesome 4,851 photos, 139 members
- H2Orchestra 29 photos, 2 members
- Hydraulophones: Water-pipe-organ-flutes 118 photos, 6 members
- SPACING MAGAZINE photo pool 3,251 photos, 221 members
- Contacting Toronto: We're in this Together 633 photos, 215 members
- Jane's Walk 2012 587 photos, 46 members
- Globe and Mail Reader Submissions 56,075 photos, 5,427 members
- The Beach/es, Toronto 3,139 photos, 240 members
- Doors Open Toronto Photo Group 989 photos, 440 members
- Banking in Photos / banking on photos 5,494 photos, 374 members
- Official Jane's Walk Photos 2010 337 photos, 41 members
- Toronto Art 1,511 photos, 32 members
- Canadian Association of Journalists 45 photos, 14 members
- Nikon Coolpix AW100 Group 419 photos, 83 members
- MomentumMag 6,087 photos, 371 members
- WORLD MINING HERITAGE ⚒ 22,352 photos, 567 members
- Around the World Cityscapes P1/C1 ** new comment code 22,582 photos, 1,725 members
- TotallyCoolPix 6,759 photos, 557 members
- Toronto Signs 5,762 photos, 437 members
- Boing Boing 81,081 photos, 4,698 members
- Magcloud 72 photos, 53 members
- OpenFile Toronto 4,849 photos, 132 members
- OpenFile 198 photos, 16 members
- TORONTO GRLA 12,442 photos, 953 members
- Why the World Needs a Housing Revolution 156 photos, 78 members
- PhotoJojo.com — [The Best Photo Projects, DIY, and Gear] 44,060 photos, 8,563 members
- Dine.TO (Toronto Restaurants) 1,068 photos, 247 members
- Yarnbomb Toronto 25 photos, 3 members
- Toronto Wildlife 2,546 photos, 169 members
- Global Photojournalism; Politics, News, Protest, and Culture 293,506 photos, 18,973 members
- Mostly365 21,325 photos, 628 members
- Front Street at Union Station (Toronto) 131 photos, 7 members
- Green the City Vancouver 32 photos, 13 members
- GTA and Northern Ontario Photography 3,185 photos, 213 members
- TOVotes - Guaranteed Change at City Hall 1 photo, 2 members
- Junction Triangle 1,217 photos, 90 members
- Once upon a time in Central Park, there were Gates... 18 photos
- Santa Claus Parade 2009 10 photos
- Remembrance Day 2009 Toronto 18 photos
- HiMY SYeD
- April 2005
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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