Here are the Photographers for 2013
Belle Ancell was born and raised in the Kootenays and currently lives in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. A self proclaimed ‘late bloomer’, she went back to school in 2010 when she was accepted into the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts Digital Photography Program at the young age of forty-seven. Since graduation her primary focus has been on intimate portraiture, creating compelling images which reflect the visually unique qualities of her subjects. Belle is absolutely committed to revealing true personalities through the photography medium and continually strives to push the boundaries of perceived beauty, gender, sexuality and relationship.
Lise Beaudry is a Franco-Ontarian artist originally from Earlton, a rural town near the Ontario/Québec border. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (1997) and a MFA from York University (2006). Now residing in Toronto, she is the Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Her photographic and video work has been shown across Canada, in the U.S., Romania, Berlin, and in Arles, France during Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie. In 2012, Beaudry won the BMW Exhibition Prize at the Contact Photography Festival. She currently is a professor in the Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto in Mississauga.
Bruno Billio is a Canadian artist working from an interdisciplinary background. At once an installation artist, a sculptor, and a designer, Billio creates challenging works informed by his command of each of these practices. The artist is currently living and working in Toronto, and has been the resident artist at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen West, in the fashionable art gallery district in Toronto, for the past few years. Bruno Billio has exhibited internationally in Milan, London, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
As Canadian army brat, Paul spent his formative years living in 16 different homes around Canada and Europe. Themes of personal and collective journey naturally show through in his photographic work. He is concerned with finding beauty in the irreverent and disenfranchised and often imbeds cheeky commentary on our natural tendency to sympathize with pathos. After many years working outside the arts, Paul, now living in Toronto, has picked up a camera to feed his creative appetite and continues to hone his craft. 10×10 marks Paul’s fourth group exhibition.
Lynne studied Editorial Photography at the University of Brighton, UK, where she learned from many reputable British photographers, including Mark Power, Paul Rees, and Dennis Duran. In her graduating year she presented a sensitive and timely exhibition aptly named ‘Hillsborough: The Unaccepted Truth’, which won her publication in The Observer Magazine, Insight Magazine, and also led to commissions for The Guardian Newspaper and Arena Magazine. An immigrant to Canada from the UK, Lynne currently works as a freelance editorial, event and wedding photographer.
Stev’nn Hall’s work represents a collision between two worlds – both painting and photography, separately and together work to create a balance of elements. His ideas explore themes of duality such as blood and beauty, man and nature, bondage and freedom. He has appeared on the television series Star Portraits and has been reviewed in the Globe and Mail and The Ottawa Citizen. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows across Canada and the United States.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Anthony always leaned towards the arts. Being a self-taught photographer, Anthony picked up his first camera at the age of 14. He attended an art based high school and later Ryerson University for a short run in the photography program. In the mid-90’s, Anthony started working in the fashion industry, and later opened 5ive15ifteen photo co where he documents high profiled clients locally and internationally. His work can be seen in such publications as Martha Stewart Weddings, HELLO Canada, Toronto Life, The Knot, as well as the ABC show LIVE with Regis and Kelly!.
R. Jeanette Martin
R. Jeanette Martin became passionate about taking photographs at age 15 when she picked up her first camera to work on her high school’s yearbook. She attended Ryerson University’s Image Arts: Still Photography program and has spent the past 18 years obsessively documenting the split-second moments that play out in the urban scene. As a photojournalist, ‘Jet’ as she’s known to her friends, is a regular fixture at political rallies, protests, parades, concerts and social events. Her freelance work is regularly published in NOW Magazine as well as appearing in Xtra!, Toronto Life, Spacing, In Toronto and on the websites for Demotix and Queeriesmag.
Starting out in the fashion industry as a model, Adam always aspired to step behind the camera and studied photography at Humber College. After an internship at Flare Magazine where he honed his clean aesthetic and elegant sensibility, Adam pursed his passion shooting portraiture and fashion. He is inspired by natural beauty and loves letting the inner light of his subjects shine.
Walter Segers emigrated from Belgium in 1993 and currently lives and works in Toronto. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2008 with honors and received OCADU’s prestigious M.C. McCain Post Graduate Photography Residency in 2009. He has exhibited his photo-based works at 1313, Spin, The John B. Aird Gallery and the Gladstone art hotel in Toronto. His work has recently been shown internationally at Galerie AMU in Prague and Galerie 12 in Zlín in the Czech Republic. Segers’ latest work is published in the online magazine Wondereur and Frank by The Genteel. Segers investigates the thin line between masculine & feminine, and his photography explores issues surrounding gender, sexuality and identity.
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