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The Toronto Camera Club: Talking Photography Lecture Series

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Our 2023-2024 Presentations

The Toronto Camera Club is proud to present the 2023-2024 speaker line-up for the Talking Photography Lecture Series. This Fall and in the Spring of next year; a program exclusively sponsored by Henry's™ Canada Greatest Camera Store, for the 7th consecutive year.

Everyone is welcome to this public event, commencing on October 19th when we bring to you, every Thursday, six accomplished photographer artists, experts in their respective fields of photography, and again in Spring 2024, starting March 7th with six more speakers to share their motivations, inspirations, tips, techniques, behind the scenes insights and their photographic stories, as well as their beautiful imagery, encompassing several genres of photography; from landscape to travel, architecture, fine art to drone photography, from documentary photography to commercial photography and fine art printing. A great opportunity to learn about photography beyond just technical skills, to help you take your photography to the next level.

Each session runs for two hours from 7:30-9:30 p.m., inclusive of an interactive Questions and Answers period. This Season, in hybrid version of the Club's operations, six of the 12 sessions will also be In-Club presentations, but all 12 will be accessible via Zoom, so you can participate from the convenience of your home or wherever you happen to be.

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Please spread the word and see you there! Best wishes for a fun-filled and educational Season ahead.

Andrew Wodzinski & Frank Eberdt
Talking Photography Lecture Series Co-Chairs

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Upcoming Lectures

Where I'm From: Charro Country & The Unexpected Rewards of Long Term Photography Projects

JP Stones
07 March 2024
7:30pm
This presentation will be offered in online (Zoom) format only.

JP Stones is a British-born Cultural Photographer currently working in Mexico. He specializes in cinematic portraits of the people and traditions that have shaped modern Mexico’s fascinating culture. He has spent the last five years photographing a small group of Mexica, or Azteca dancers, learning in the process how connected the Mexica are to the mythology, to stories passed down across generations and how those stories are vital to Mexica culture.

He is passionate about visual stories and how cultural photography helps us to make emotional connections with mythology and cultural archetypes.

Navigating Commercial and Fine Art Photography

Peter Andrew
14 March 2024
7:30pm
This presentation will be offered in hybrid (In Person + Zoom) format.

Peter Andrew Lusztyk is a Toronto based freelance photographer whose goal is to turn ordinary or overlooked things into something that causes the viewer to pause and examine the inherent beauty of them.

He counts The Atlantic, CTV News, Esquire Magazine, Globe and Mail, Le Monde, The National Geographic, Politico, The Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Wired Magazine among his many editorial clients.

He holds a number of awards, including AACE Applied Arts Photographer of the Year 2013, Applied Arts Annual Award 2017 and Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award 2016.

Apart from his editorial and commercial work, Peter teaches photography at Sheridan College.

Learning How to See

Lukasz Palka
21 March 2024
7:30pm
This presentation will be offered in online (Zoom) format only.

Lukasz Palka is a Polish born American photographer residing, since 2008, in Japan. He is a urban photographer interested in all aspects of the Tokyo Metropolis — its people, its infrastructure, and the endless stories that unfold in the city's streets.

He photographs in multiple genres — street photography, urban landscape, urban exploration, and others.

Though his work is varied, it is aimed at one goal: a personal portrait of a great city.

From its rooftops to its underbelly, Tokyo has fascinated him since he first arrived there nearly two decades ago. When often asked what it is about Japan or about Tokyo that he likes most, he finds it impossible to narrow it down to a single aspect - the city breaths like a living organism, energy ebbs and flows within it, while humans and traffic pump through its arteries as though propelled by a beating heart. One is easily enchanted and intoxicated by this environment of light and concrete, a stage to the dramas of life. The only way for him to comprehend and convey these notions, says Lukas, is through photography.

Reality vs Artistry vs Deception in Photography

Kas Stone
28 March 2024
7:30pm
This presentation will be offered in online (Zoom) format only.

Kas Stone is a professional photographer based in Nova Scotia, where her work is inspired by the wild coastal scenery and moody weather right outside her door.

Her portfolio includes an extensive list of presentations, exhibitions and publications, with several books and feature articles in Canadian and British magazines.

She favours a thoughtful, project-oriented approach to photography, exploring the landscape in the context of broader environmental and human themes.

Faces in the Street, Candid and Camera Aware People Photography

Monique Campbell
04 April 2024
7:30pm
This presentation will be offered in online (Zoom) format only.

Monique Campbell is a humanist street photographer that aims to make story-telling images that linger with her viewers.

In addition to photographing in Hamilton where she lives, she enjoys hitting the streets in various cities across Ontario and will be on the streets of Lisbon and Porto, Portugal this January 2024.

Monique has developed a new talk Faces in the Street, Candid and Camera-Aware People Photography where she will discuss her process and give ideas on how to make photographs from a humanist approach.

Her award-winning photographs inspire beginners and experienced photographers alike. In 2023, she exhibited at over 15 juried exhibitions in Ontario and South Carolina, U.S.A. The jurors for the Women's Art Association of Hamilton's exhibition Perception chose her photograph Abandoned Chesterfield #2 as Best in Show at the Art Gallery of Hamilton last April. Also, Monique's street image, Portrait of a Flemish Man placed third at the Visual Arts Mississauga exhibition, Why Do You Create?

Behind the Scenes

Alice Zilberberg
13 April 2024
11:00am
This presentation will be offered in online (Zoom) format only.

Alice Zilberberg is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist, recognized by curators, collectors, and art patrons across the globe. Born in the former Soviet Union, she was raised in Israel, then moved to Canada, and now resides in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Photography program, she began her artistic practice by painting: a verve which remains very present in her works. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions, her accolades include receiving the Hasselblad Masters award, as well as 1st place titles in competitions such as the International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, and the Fine Art Photography Awards.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, next to renowned artists such as Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. She has been interviewed and featured in publications and platforms such as MTV, Breakfast Television, and CBC.

For over a decade, Zilberberg developed her own distinctive technique for creating her digital paintings, where photography is only the beginning of the final artwork. The works are comprised of many photographs, and carry variety of elements such as colour, toning, manipulation, and painting. She often travels across the globe to record different backgrounds and elements for her creations. Works take months to complete, with every detail meticulously inspected for perfection. With a poetic style of expression, the meanings of her images unravel through metaphor and symbolism. For the past few years, her repertoire has explored themes pertaining to nature, the human condition, and emotionality.

Past Lectures

Fine Art Printing

Andrew Collett
23 November 2023
7:30pm

Andrew Collett has always loved the character of the land, and the secrets it reveals to the patient eye.  As a child, he spent his summers getting to know the landscape of Georgian Bay, Muskoka and beyond.  He became an observer of nature, discovering the beauty of places and seasons that were often overlooked by others.  Andrew started his career in the business side of visual design, and it was many years before he realized he had his own distinctive vision to express.  In photography he found a powerful medium into which he could pour his boundless creative energies.

Along with running his photography business Andrew is also the founder and owner of Print Partner Inc., a boutique fine art printing company located in Toronto, ON.  Founded in 2008 Andrew started Print Partner Inc. to serve the novice and professional photographic community with high quality fine art reproductions of their photographs.

Built on his own experience and expertise printing and framing his artwork, Print Partner now employees a team of specialists and craftspeople who pride themselves in creating beautiful works of art from your photographs.

My Journey in Fine Art Photography

Alexander Sviridov
16 November 2023
7:30pm

Alexander Sviridov is a photo-artist from Toronto, Canada. His pictures are recognized worldwide, and he has won multiple international photo awards. He initially studied art design in Russia, and over the years he has developed a passion for photography. His preferred style is fine art photography, where he combines old master’s art with surrealistic ideas to create true masterpieces of unique and recognizable photo art. He is always eager to find new and creative ideas to project them into his art pieces. His youngest daughter is the inspiration and subject matter for many of his artworks.

The Red Chair Sessions and Other Projects

Nadya Kwandibens
09 November 2023
7:30pm

Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is an award-winning portrait and events photographer, a Canon Ambassador, the current Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto, and has travelled extensively across Canada for over 16 years. Nadya’s photography has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and the United States.

Nadya is also a member of the Indigenous Laws + The Arts Collective, the founding body of Testify, a travelling multimedia group exhibition. Testify pairs artists and legal thinkers to work in conversation with each other to create art pieces that explore facets of Indigenous law. Her work in this dynamic exhibition is titled RE:Turning Home and focuses on child-welfare law and the foster care system.

In 2018, Nadya won the Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Award. Jurors stated, Nadya is an intrepid, ground-breaking and influential artist. She has brought an Indigenous voice to portrait photography that recontextualizes images and shows us our true selves.

In addition to commissioned works, Nadya delivers empowering photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities, and community groups. She currently resides in Tkarón:to on Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga of the Credit River & Dish With One Spoon Territory.

Parry Sound 33 - Drone and Composite Photography

Joseph Hartman
02 November 2023
7:30pm

Joseph Hartman is a self-taught photographer who lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario. After receiving an MSc in Kinesiology and being accepted into medical school, Hartman decided to pursue a career as an artist. He apprenticed with Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. 

Hartman’s work arises from his curiosity about the interaction between humans and landscape and how each influences the other, as exemplified in projects like Highway 69 and others.

Hartman has received numerous awards, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. His work can be found in several important collections including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, McMaster Museum of Art, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Last Two Northern White Rhinos

Justin Mott
26 October 2023
7:30pm

Justin Mott is an independent photojournalist, commercial photographer, and documentary filmmaker based in Vietnam.

Mott has shot over 100 assignments for the New York Times while a retrospective of his work photographed in Vietnam has been featured on the BBC. Additional major editorial clients of his include National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Greenpeace, and The Guardian among many others.

Mott is also familiar to TV viewers for his 5-year stint as host and resident judge of History Channel’s hit photography reality series Photo Face-Off.

Mott is an avid animal welfare advocate and in 2018 pivoted the focus of his work to wildlife photojournalism and conservation photography. He is also a global ambassador for Helping Rhinos dedicated to rhino conservation worldwide. 

Currently, Mott is working on his long-term global personal project titled Kindred Guardians. The project focuses on documenting people around the world who dedicate their lives to animal conservation and welfare and has been featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Smithsonian, Greenpeace, and Leica’s global website.

Moments of the Human Condition

Peter Turnley
19 October 2023
7:30pm

Peter Turnley is renowned for his photography of the realities of the human condition and has won many international awards. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek forty-three times and are published frequently in many of the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over ninety countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geopolitical and historic significance during the last forty years. Since 1975 Turnley has been continually photographing the life of Paris, which is his adopted home. He also conducts photo workshops there. In 1981 he worked as the assistant to the renown French photographer Robert Doisneau. Turnley recently made a photographic reportage about the refugee crisis in Ukraine and his photographs were featured on the cover and inside the Washington Post Magazine. He lives in both New York and Paris and has both American and French citizenship. He has published seven books and currently has a public exhibition of his images in Paris.

Antarctica - The Last Great Wilderness

Rob Stimpson
13 April 2023
7:30pm

Rob is an accomplished outdoors person carrying exceptional expertise in the world of photography. With a background in tourism, Rob has achieved international publication, award-winning photographs and a penchant for wilderness. Early in his career Rob started out as a photographer’s assistance in Basel, Switzerland, which laid the foundation for his success today. He has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Parks Canada, Ontario Parks and many organizations actively supporting tourism. Over the last decade Rob explored many remote and wilderness areas including Antarctica, the Arctic, Northern Quebec and Labrador as well as Greenland, all in the role of expedition photographer and photographer in residence. He is an avid teacher,where he instructs photography part time at Fleming College, writes for northern tourism organizations and maintains his photographic gallery. Most recently he was selected to be an ambassador for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Abstract Architecture Photography - Creativity in Composition

Angie McMonigal
06 April 2023
7:30pm

Angie is a fine art and commercial architecture photographer based in Chicago striving to bring a detailed, thoughtful perspective to my work, whether for clients or through the workshops she leads. Having grown up surrounded by nature yet fascinated by the big city she has called home for more than two decades. Drawing from her education in the micro sciences (molecular biology, microbiology, virology) her focus is more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, creating images that celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight.

Bird Photography Simplified - My Approach to Capturing Images

Glenn Bartley
30 March 2023
7:30pm

Glenn Bartley is a world renowned professional nature photographer from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He focuses almost all of his efforts on capturing intimate images of birds in their natural habitat. Glenn is especially well known for his portraits of rare and difficult to photograph birds from the Neotropical Region. After achieving a Masters of Science degree in Ecological Restoration Glenn once again set off for the New World Tropics. This time his goal was to spend 6 months in Ecuador and do nothing but bird photography. On this trip Glenn practiced and developed his techniques for tropical bird photography and especially multiflash hummingbird photography. By the time he returned to Canada many people were starting to take notice of Glenn’s unique ability to create stunning images of rare and nearly impossible birds to photograph.

Persistence: The Battle Within

Jesse Villemaire & Susan Brown
23 March 2023
7:30pm

Jesse and Susan Villemaire (better known as “Follow Me North”) are Canadian nature photographers and educators living a united life in Muskoka, Ontario. Their work encapsulates the true essence of the protected wildlife of Algonquin Provincial Park, and is the direct result of hundreds of kilometres paddled, portaged and driven. Through photography, they hope to inspire others to conserve the natural world we all share. Today, they specialize in Wildlife and Landscape Photography Workshops, exploring a variety of remote, global destinations.

Where I'm From: The Journey of a Creative Entrepreneur

Tony Gebrehiwot
16 March 2023
7:30pm

Anthony Gebrehiwot is an award winning visual artist, photographer and community leader whose creative lens re-visions photography as an ongoing dialogue of social change between subject and society. A self-taught artist and photographer, Gebrehiwot founded XvXy-photo in 2014 focusing on studio portraiture. To date, he has worked with several notable brands such as Nike, Royal Bank of Canada, Vice Canada, Absolute, Hudson Bay, The City of Toronto and Linkedin to name a few. His work has been featured in over thirty local and international publications such as the Star, the Globe and Mail, PAPER Magazine, Elle UK and Yahoo Lifestyle.

Adventures From Ice to Sand in Mongolia

Kris Andres
09 March 2023
7:30pm

Adventure is my north star. Whether I’m experiencing the aurora in Greenland, icebergs in Antarctica, or alpine lakes in my home mountains of the Canadian Rockies, I am always in search of the untold adventure. My camera is how I endeavour to bring these adventures to you. I want my photos to ignite a passion to seek the horizon and embrace the untamed outdoors. My photographic journey started as a solitary one, but as time went on, I met other photographers who enjoy adventure as much as I do. Now my favourite times are spent discovering the wild wonders with my companions. I am a dedicated yogi, a loyal friend, and a photographer.

See the World Differently with Time-Lapse Photography

Ray Anderson
01 December 2022
7:30pm

Ray Anderson has been a member of the Toronto Camera Club since 1992 and he is one of our past presidents.  He has been traveling and photographing the world with his wife, Mary Ann, for the past 35 years, visiting over 45 countries to date.  Over the past 25 years, the couple have shared many of their travel adventures through audio-visual presentations at our club’s Public Presentation events.  Ray is well known in our club for his technical expertise in developing these audio-visual presentations, and he tries to bring something new and different to each show he creates.  His recent shows have incorporated a mix of photo, video, drone and time-lapse images.  In this workshop, Ray will focus on his interest in time-lapse photography, covering the equipment required, as well as the different methods and techniques.  He will also give an overview and demonstration of software available to assemble a final time-lapse video clip.  Time-lapse photography is a technique in which the frequency at which film frames are captured is much lower than the frequency used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing.

Still Life, But Not So Still

Luba Citrin
24 November 2022
7:30pm

Computer specialist by profession, Luba took early retirement in 2020 and bought her first digital camera to take on her travels. Since then, photography has become a passion and means to express her view of the world through her images. She is an accredited judge with Ontario Council of Camera Club and has won numerous trophies at club level, awards and medals at OCCC, CAPA and Toronto International Salon. Luba enjoys all types of photography – landscape, still life, night sky photography, but is most fond in creating story telling images either would it be altered reality, portraiture or still life.

Capturing Connection In Family & Portrait Photography

DeeDee Morris
10 November 2022
7:30pm

Deedee Morris is an awe inspiring photographer whose work is not only beautifully raw, but is also incredibly honest. She dives in deep with her subjects, getting to know them on a personal and spiritual level, and is then able to capture a single moment that portrays their vulnerable individuality in stunning ways. Her work celebrates family, motherhood, self-understanding, and love of the natural world, all of which are outward expressions of her own values and ambitions.

Journeys - My Development as a Nature Photographer

Jon Handforth
03 November 2022
7:30pm

Jon is passionate about planet Earth and portraying its beauty through his lens. He is an avid adventurer and explorer who practices leave no trace. He focuses on landscape and wildlife photography and specializes in fine art black and white prints. Based in both Calgary and the Bow Valley, he’s travelled extensively throughout the world. Jon holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees. He has led B+W and wildlife photography workshops in Alberta and B.C. and has co-led landscape and wildlife workshops in Canada and Africa. His B+W photography has been exhibited in Alberta’s EXPOSURE festival. And his full length article and photography documenting wildlife, their habitat and challenges, in the Great Bear Rainforest was recently published in the United Kingdom magazine Wild Planet Photography.

Profile Photo Credit: Wayne Simpson