ONTARIO 150 SPOTLIGHT: Photography

A short film reel featuring environmental photography from established and up and coming Ontario artists will play before every screening throughout the festival.

Date: Tuesday. October 17, 2018 – Sunday, October 27, 2018


Photo Credit: Pink Granite (1999) by Dr. Roberta Bondar. Courtesy of the Roberta Bondar Foundation.


Dr. Roberta Bondar

2017 Canadian Eco-Hero

Roberta Bondar’s photographic proficiency adds a multi-dimension to her expression of experiences. Having seen Earth from the unique perspective of space, her Earth centered pictorial images celebrate the beauty of our natural environment at an intimate level. Roberta Bondar’s photographic explorations have taken her to some of the most extreme climatic and geological locations on Earth. She has captured the beauty, solitude and dramatic landscape of the American Southwest, the High Arctic and the Sahara Desert with its ancient Roman ruins. Read more

Images Presented:

  • Great Lakes from Space (NASA photograph provided by Dr. Roberta Bondar)
  • Pink Granite, Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario 1999
  • Aspy Valley

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Edward Burtynsky

2008 Industry Eco-Hero

In his remarkable career as Canada’s preeminent artist in the medium of photography, Burtynsky has framed literally and metaphorically environmental conditions and contexts humans have shaped and altered in the service of industry and he has laid bare the contradictions inherent within.In 1985, Burtynsky also founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto’s art community. In 2007 he was awarded the title Officer of the Order of Canada. Read more

Images Presented:

  • Nickel Tailings #30, Sudbury, Ontario 1996
  • Nickel Tailings #34, Sudbury, Ontario 1996
  • Uranium Tailings #12, Elliot Lake, Ontario 1995



Meryl McMaster

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and a graduate in photography from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Meryl is the recipient of the Canon Canada Prize, the Design Medal from OCAD, and SNAP!Stars TD Award. Her scholarships include the K.M. Hunter Scholarship and the Doris McCarthy Scholarship. McMaster is currently preparing for two concurrent solo new shows in early fall with Katzman Contemporary and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe. Read more

Images Presented:

  • Wingeds Calling Variation II, 2015
  • Tilsam, 2010
  • Edge of a Moment, 2017


Brandon Prince

I grew up in Eganville, Ontario and moved to Toronto at the age of 19 for school. I am attending Ryerson University for the Image Arts: Photography Studies program and am currently in my fourth year. I have spent most of my time in the city exploring new areas or checking back to well known areas to see how the landscape has changed or if I have missed some hidden gems. My photographic interests are in surreal and illusionist works, action photography, and the use of camera technique to introduce a 4th dimension. Read more

Images Presented:

  • Spadina Looking West, 2016
  • Adelaide at Peter, 2016
  • Yonge at Lakeshore, 2016


Brent Wesley

Brent is an Indigenous portrait photographer based in Sioux Lookout, Ontario and working in the vast region of northwestern Ontario. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brent is Mushkego Inninew (Cree). His grandparents originally hail from the James Bay coast. He specializes in portraiture, editorial, headshots, and commercial work. While he works with clients from diverse backgrounds, Brent is proud his work reflects Indigenous peoples and culture. Read more

Images Presented:

  • Propane, Sioux Lookout, 2012
  • Couch, Sioux Lookout, 2012
  • Discarded Tire, Sioux Lookout, 2012