2017 Photographers


Steven Beckly is a Toronto-based artist and photographer. He received his MFA from the University of Guelph. Past exhibitions include solo and group projects at Daniel Faria Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Videofag, and the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives. He has produced public installations for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Artscape Youngplace, Nuit Blanche, Art Souterrain, and Atlas Sighed: the 2014-15 Calgary Biennial. This year, Beckly is an artist-in-residence at the Doris McCarthy Artist Residency at Fool’s Paradise in the Scarborough Bluffs and at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in Pennsylvania.

Patrick Biller is a mixed-media artist, photographer and videomaker. A passion for nature is often shown in his work with many photos and videos exploring the nostalgia of the natural environment. With a conceptual approach, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way. Patrick is the co-founder of Motion & Still

Kristy Boyce is an award winning multimedia artist from Thunder Bay Ontario, who mainly works with photography.She has also worked as a photojournalist in much of Africa and SouthEast Asia. Kristy’s current work focuses on telling modern queer stories through historical imagery/iconography. Kristy is the creator of the What Dyke Looks Like photography project and the project “PLESHKA” where she travelled to Russia during the Sochi Olympics to make portraits with and video interviews of the Russian LGBTQ community. She has a BFA in photography from Ryerson University and a diploma in photojournalist from Loyalist College.

Ali has been both in front of and behind the camera for the last 22 years as a Photographer, Director, Producer, Writer, Composer & Puppeteer. Their main mission has been to create a space for young people within the world of Children’s Television, to help them find their own voice. Ali lives in Toronto with  their partner Christine, their two cats Ukey & Wonder and a gold 1972 Honda CB175.


Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, and artist. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north that was forcibly displaced to its current site by the Canadian government. For many years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations nationally and abroad. He has a strong passion for collaborative, radical, restorative, and experiential learning around our connections to each other and to the land. Through his practice he strives to co-design collaborative spaces increasingly rooted in trauma-informed principles and methodologies, working to liquefy barriers around accessing art, community, learning, language, and the natural world.

Samson is a photographer most of the time, an emotional being full of stories and curiosity all of the time. He loves tacos and traveling, avoids crowds and prefers a kitchen party over going out. Samson doesn’t like writing his bio in third person but does believe in self reflection as a catalyst for growth.

Maggie Leighton has been a professional photographer for over thirty years. Her clients include The Vancouver Opera Company ,The Toronto Historical Board, The Shaw Festival, The National Ballet School, The Elora Music Festival and TIFF.  She still prefers to shoot with film.  Her portraiture work is created with a vintage large format camera.


Celina Verani is a Toronto-based photographer/actor who graduated with a BFA from Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. While she can often be found in front of the camera acting in TV and film, Celina continues to develop her passion behind the lens capturing raw and honest images with a combination of digital, historical and traditional film photography processes. Celina shoots her portraits on black and white film and hand processes every roll. Her work has been featured at Ryerson’s Gallery 310, Gallery 44 and the Contact Photography Festival.


Lulu Wei is a filmmaker, photographer and DJ. She has a MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. Her short films have screened at various festivals including Images Festival, Planet In Focus Film Festival and Inside Out Festival. When she’s not behind the camera, she is either DJing, cycling or subverting the ad industry from within. Her main artistic focus is on reclaiming spaces for QTPOCs through hosting dance parties and creating content that represents the diversity of Toronto’s queer community. She created this portrait series to highlight the intersection between Asian and queer identity, as well as to showcase the talent of this underrepresented part of our community.


Gabrielle Zilkha grew up in a family of funny neurotics from Montreal which she believes is the root cause of her severe trypophobia… but also her love of storytelling. Gabrielle is an award-winning director and producer with experience in scripted, documentary and interactive content. Her work has been screened around the world and featured in Canada’s top media outlets. Gabrielle also works as Producer and Director of Programming for POV 3rd Street, an organization dedicated to helping youth who face barriers to employment step into the media industry through education, training, mentorship and job placement.