10 Canadian photographers who should be on your radar
Many acclaimed photographers whose works have been well-received worldwide are proud to call Canada their home. Their body of work also reflects the many influences from Canada – with photography portfolios of Canada’s beautiful landscapes, to stunning pictures of the country’s people and way of life.
Check out 10 homegrown talents who are making their mark on the international stage.
Known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes, Edward Burtynsky has made a name for himself as one of Canada’s best-known photographers. His images are known for capturing the intricate relationships between man and nature, through his photos of global industrial landscapes. His work has been featured in more than 50 museums worldwide, including New York’s Guggenheim Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.
Exploring the movement of the human body on land and underwater – these were the kinds of images that have become the hallmark of Meaghan Ogilvie’s work. The Toronto native is also not afraid of pushing the limits and experimenting with new technology in the field of photography. She has been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards in 2013, among other recognitions.
With his great love of the outdoors, the Montreal-born Neil Dankoff has sought to capture that passion using his lens. Using a medium format camera, Dankoff stitches together multiple images with varying exposures to achieve an effect that aims to “transport the viewer to a specific time and place.”
What started as a passion for the environment – that led to him becoming a marine biologist – has also spurred Paul Nicklen to take up his camera and document what he sees. An assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine, the Canadian-born photographer’s personal mission is to use his images to “ignite a conversation about the future of our planet’s natural wonders and to inspire action.”
He’s been the recipient of more than 30 international awards, cementing his reputation as a top nature and wildlife photographer.
From taking photos of people, Winnipeg-born Laura Letinsky has moved into still life photography that still retains that evocative pull, suggesting the presence of human activity. Half-empty glasses, cigarettes on ashtrays, unwashed dishes – her photos capture the subtle signs of human presence.
Letinsky has had her work exhibited in galleries such as the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Marilyn Cornwell describes herself as a photographer this way: as one who “explores two realms – the magic and wonder of plants and gardens in the natural world and the everyday decays in the environment around us.”
In her photos, she aims to highlight the fine details in order to seek out the essence of plants and gardens through the seasons. An expert gardener, Cornwell has tapped into her passion to create photos that are both beautiful and provides the viewers with a rich experience.
Radha Chaddah is a scientist, mixed media artist and cell photographer. Her unique background combines art with science; she is known for her cell photographs and multi-media installations that she hopes would inspire other artists with the science of cells. She uses her knowledge in science to create cells grown from a variety of stem cells, which then become the subject of her imaginative and evocative photographs.
Christopher Wahl is one of Canada’s best-known portrait photographers, having taken photos of a variety of subjects – from celebrities Neil Young to Rachel Weisz, to public figures like Queen Elizabeth and the Pope.
Wahl’s work has appeared in leading publications and in almost every major North American magazine. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
For over 35 years, April Hickox has been involved in photography, film, video and installation work. Hickox describes her work as one based in narratives, “the passage from one experience to another in the life process encompassing history, memory, and site.” She is also an associate professor of photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.
Filmmaker and photographer Gregory Colbert is best-known for the exhibition Ashes and Snow, a years-long project that aimed to show the relationship between human and animals. Colbert has traveled to various destinations such as India, Egypt, Antarctica and Kenya to capture his images. They are presented in a moveable structure called Nomadic Museum, which showcases large-scale photos and films.