Despite having travelled to more than 80 photogenic countries, Bruce Kirkby says he was blown away by the beauty of the valleys and creeks of the remote Darkwoods property near his home in Kimberley, B.C. The 55,000-hectare wilderness is the largest private conservation land purchase in Canadian history and Kirkby visited the woods 10 times to capture their splendour. His work has appeared in Maclean's, Outside and National Geographic, which called one of his shots a
Camping and hiking in the woods of the St. Lawrence River valley were staples of photographer Marco Campanozzi's youth growing up in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que. But he left that pastoral place, moving to MontrÇal to pursue photojournalism for some of the city's largest daily newspapers. In his first shoot for Canadian Geographic, Campanozzi took a cruise from Kingston to Montreal and then on to Ottawa, visiting the river he knows so well, but has never explored from the water.
The best magazine food photography erases the line between the page and the end of your fork. While visiting vineyards, artisanal cheese shops, bakeries and seafood cafes on an island-hopping tour of British Columbia's Strait of Georgia, photographer Andrew Doran used natural light and food fresh from the kitchen to conjure this trick for our summer travel issue. A veteran commercial photographer, he has shot food, architecture and sports for the likes of Expedia, Whistler Blackcomb and Coca-Cola.
Departing from traditional landscape shots of sunsets over pristine lakes, rolling hills and aurora borealis, Eamon Mac Mahon uses eerie natural light to create meditative images that cast our eyes on the patterns of Canada's geography. Recently, the Toronto-based photographer (who has also lived in Alberta) went on a hunt to track down some of southern Ontario's remaining old-growth forests. He also travelled north of the tar sands to reconnect with the forests of his youth. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Walrus and New York Magazine.
When Hanrieta Haniskova moved from Czechoslovakia to work in Canada as a nanny, she decided to spend her first paycheque on a camera. Gradually she managed to shift her career to photography. Today she infuses her documentary work with a fashion photographer's aesthetic, bringing people's personalities to the fore in her images. Over the past three years, she's applied this style to shooting the Collingwood Elvis Festival, striving to capture the men behind the sideburns. Her pictures have appeared in Report on Business, En Route and Eye Magazine and were recognized with a featured exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Thomas Fricke wanted to look at the stars, but he couldn't afford a telescope. So he bought a camera. That purchase, at age 19, revealed his hidden passion for photography. But today his lens focuses on a different kind of star ' the kind with names like Patrick Swayze and Daryl Hannah. However, Ficke's work doesn't stop at celebrity portraits. He has built his career taking editorial, documentary and commercial shots for Maclean's, Forbes, Flare, and Chatelaine.
Setting out to pursue a career in sports photography, Nancie Battaglia landed her dream job: she was asked to be chief still photographer for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid. Since then she's gone on to shoot for some of the biggest players in the biz ' namely, Sports Illustrated. And her freelance work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to SKI magazine. When Battaglia travels to Vancouver's Olympic Winter Games this February, it will mark her eighth in a 32-year career capturing the thrill of victory on slopes around the world.
Driven by a sense of urgency and purpose, since1998 Jo-Anne McArthur's investigative photojournalism has captured the often difficult lives of animals living in the human environment. Dubbed the 'We Animals' project, this massive photo essay has taken her to almost 40 countries, including Spain, parts of Africa and right here at home to cover bullfighting, poaching and human-animal companionship. All the while, her work has appeared in publications like Elle, The New York Times and Canadian Living.
After working as a biologist in the Yukon for 16 years, Fritz Mueller gave it up for adventure as a professional photographer. Yet, he's still pursuing many of the stories that interested him as a scientist ' 'I've just changed the tools I use to explore them,' he says. Now an expert in aerial photography, Mueller has flown over Dubai, L.A. and Alberta's tar sands to document the ravages of oil consumption. His dogged effort to shoot from a fresh angle has landed his work in The Globe and Mail, Up Here and various books.
Exciting new technologies and techniques are allowing photojournalists to mix audio, stills and video quickly and seamlessly to tell stories online. Photographer Brent Foster's work is at the forefront of this movement. Although he's mastered the technology, however, he remembers what lies at the heart of the best photojournalism: people. His stories of communities on the fringes of society have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Globe and Mail, New York Times and Time.com.