Mecoh Bain (she/her) is a freelance Filipino-Canadian photographer whose work is largely informed by her experience as a bi-racial woman. Mecoh’s practice turns honest moments into soulful art, giving a voice to those who historically have been overlooked. Her work is anchored in storytelling and community, with an intention to empower her subjects with the permission to be seen and celebrated. As a woman of colour Mecoh feels the responsibility to shift the narrative and bring diversity and representation of BIPOC and LGBTQ2IA+ communities to the forefront of contemporary art and photography.
Chelsea Yang-Smith (she/they) is a visual artist and photographer currently based in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Alberta. Their practice investigates the socio-political dichotomy of living as a passing person of colour by using photography to document her experience. Auto-biographical and intimate—her work invites viewers to come closer and consider their own relationship to tender moments, vulnerability, and navigating encounters as the “other”. Yang-Smith’s work has been featured in solo and select group exhibitions in the area and they retain an active commercial practice shooting imagery for a number of international and local clients.
Kaitlin Moerman is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her work is autobiographical in nature, using photography and writing for introspection and expression. She’s interested in why people do the things they do, how they communicate, and what she learns about herself through her understanding of others.
Tyler Tanner was born and raised in Calgary. He utilizes analog and digital mediums to document Skateboarding in Calgary. Growing up skateboarding in Calgary since the mid-1990s has helped define Tyler’s eye on the aesthetics involved in skateboarding photography as well as the importance of the use of Calgary’s skate parks and architecture to frame his shots. In addition to skateboarding, Tyler also focuses his photography in the areas of urban landscapes, street, and sports.
Ryan Wilkes is a Canadian documentary DP, director, and photographer with a passion for the outdoors, adventure and wildlife. Through documenting adventurous pursuits and conservation-related endeavours, he explores the relationships between people and the natural world. Ryan’s time in the outdoors has led to a deep appreciation for nature, as well as the people who have dedicated themselves to protecting it. Ryan wants to use the mediums of photography and film to invoke curiosity in his audience so that they too may be inspired to create change. He is an advocate for diversity, inclusion and representation in the outdoors and believes that nature should be accessible to everyone and that all people should feel welcome in the outdoors, regardless of creed, culture, or colour.
J. Ashley Nixon is a documentary photographer, writer, filmmaker, and university teacher based in Calgary, Canada. He is a curious explorer of people and places who combines his artistic and scientific sides to communicate about sustainability issues, culture and natural heritage. Ashley has a Ph.D. in ecology, earned by studying environmental changes associated with woodland restoration on the beautiful island of Rum in the Scottish Hebrides and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He teaches sustainability and writing about images (photography) at Mount Royal University.
Danny Luong is an emerging photographer born and based in Calgary, Alberta. Luong holds a BA in Journalism from Mount Royal University and works to represent landed East-Asian migrants and refugees through personal documentary. Luong is interested in ancestral lineages and the effects of history on generations of migrants. With an emphasis on duality, Luong’s graphic style recalls both snapshots and gritty photojournalism from a mix of medium format, 35mm, and digital stills. Luong’s subjects emphasize the tribulations of generations, shared cultural values and the effects of displacement on first and second-generation Canadian lives and the intergenerational trauma carried by uninvited guests on this land.
Emma Palm is a visual artist and photographer living on Treaty 7 territory in Calgary, Alberta. Working with 35mm and medium format film, collage, writing, and analogue printing processes, she poses and plays with questions of legacy, memory, and livelihood. Her practice is largely informed by her rural Alberta upbringing, a strong sense of home and inheritance, and a series of significant losses – including the deaths of her father and brother. Her work reflects upon the traces and monuments we leave behind through a lens of personal documentary and social research.
Julya Hajnoczky was born in Calgary, Canada, and raised by hippie parents, surrounded by unruly houseplants, bookishness and art supplies, with CBC radio playing softly, constantly, in the background. Inevitably, as a result, she grew up to be an artist. Her multidisciplinary practice includes photography and sculpture and seeks to ask questions and inspire curiosity about the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been acquired by public and private collections including the AFA and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. If she’s not in her home studio working on something tiny, she’s out in the forest working on something big.
Twitter: Twitter: @obscuralucida
David Christensen is a photographer and filmmaker. He has exhibited his photographs in exhibitions at the Medium Photographic Festival in San Diego, The International Print Competition at The Print Center in Philadelphia as well as group shows in Minnesota, New Orleans, and Toronto. His last feature film was “The Mirror”, which had its international premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, the US premiere as the opening film at New York’s MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and its Canadian premiere at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival in Toronto.
Henry Mah has enjoyed a 30-year career as an art photographer and multi-disciplinary artist. Based in Canada, Mah graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University’s prestigious photography program in 1995. In his current art photography practice, Mah relies on both instinct and pre-calculation to survey vernacular scenes and urban topographies. Using natural light and available subjects, Mah’s photographs suggest an artful objectivity as he seeks to find the curious in the commonplace and the charged mystery in chance moments.
Han Sungpil practices art mainly by means of photography, video, and installations, covering subjects such as environmental issues, originalities and history. He strives to understand the world’s diversity by exploring nature and interpreting mundane worlds that have been sources of his inspiration. His works have been exhibited and reviewed at notable venues and events around the world, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul, Korea), National Assembly (Seoul, Korea), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, USA), Chateau de Chaumont (Loire, France), Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai, China), Yokohama Triennale (Japan), Havana Biennial (Cuba) and Venice Biennale (Italy).
David Youn is a Calgary-based visual artist and an advocate for local emerging artists here in the city. Husband, father, photographer, podcaster, magazine creator and curator, Epileptic… and most recently a marathon runner! Whatever life reveals, David works to move with it to contribute creatively to the growing conversation of arts here in the city and abroad.
Hendrik de Vries was born in 1944 in the Netherlands and moved to Canada in 1950. He studied photography at Academic St. Joost In Breda, the Netherlands. After returning to Canada, he worked in photo finishing and colour darkroom commercial printing. He worked as an assistant cameraman at CBC TV Vancouver. He worked in a photographers’ group studio and ran a commercial darkroom. Currently, he is learning digital photography and serving on the Board of Directors of the Exposure Photography Festival.
Cary Schatz is a Calgary-based artist. In 2015 he started the SAIT photography program during which he discovered street photography. Shortly after, it led him into documentary photography and storytelling. Cary’s work first appeared in the 2017 Exposure Festival Emerging Photographers Exhibition in Calgary and runner up in the Chromatic Photography Awards. Exhibitions have followed every year. By 2020 he has appeared in several exhibitions and magazines. Funded by CADA in 2021 where he participated in “Exposure Studio” and started attending the International School of Photography (ICP). Look for his upcoming exhibits in Exposure in 2022.
Sam Doty is a self-taught photographer based in Calgary, Alberta. His work focuses on ideas of loneliness, home and roots, and relationships with new regions. He is currently working on completing a B.Comm degree, Entrepreneurship concentration, and a BA, English, at the University of Calgary. His work has been exhibited in the Lightbox Galleries at Arts Common and was featured in the Exposure Emerging Artist Showcase at Contemporary Calgary. His work was a part of the online exhibition “A Moment of Zen” and has been featured in Shutter Hub’s online exhibition and printed zine “Yearbook 2020”.
Eric Donovan is an internationally renowned expert on Earth’s aurora. His research focuses on something profoundly beautiful, and over the years Eric has developed a keen interest in how art and science relate. In 2020 he gave a Nickle at Noon talk entitled The Artist’s Statement of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. As an emerging artist, Eric’s practice involves photography and the manipulation of digital images, with a theme of love, longing, loss, and analogues of intimacy he stumbles upon in nature.
Twinkle Banerjee (She/Her) is an Indo-Canadian visual artist, who works with alternative and digital photographic processes. Her practice covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from social commentary to conceptual storytelling rooted in activism. Born in 1987 in India, she spent the first two decades of her career leading teams, in the hospitality and the financial sector, before making the transition into the arts in 2019. Since then she has exhibited in the USA, Canada, Greece, Italy, has been published in Berlin and featured on CBC. Recently her work “Characters of Memorial Park” was part of an exhibit and publication at the ICP-New York. She is currently a grantee of the RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program (RBCEVAP 2021-2022). In the near future, she hopes to document parts of India, that are diminishing due to globalization, while trying to decolonize the narrative, surrounding photography in the country.
Angela Boehm is best known for her long-term projects exploring generations; teenagers, midlife and seniors. Her emphasis is on creating empathy for those she collaborates with, quietly exposing what it is like to be in their world. During the time of Covid, Boehm turned her focus to the forest as subject, documenting their recovery after fires. In 2021 her work “The Giving Trees” has been recognized and exhibited internationally. Boehm grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and holds a degree in Business. After retiring she turned to photography. Her images focus on her daily surroundings of home or landscape.
Rocio Graham is a multidisciplinary Mexican-Canadian artist. Arriving at the intersection between art and science, her art practice is influenced by her cultural heritage, ancestral ways of knowing, interest in life cycles, and knowledge of botany. Graham founded Hear/d and Blindspot two annual juried photography exhibitions. Highlight art residences include Germinate and Mortem part of Ayatana art research program, Women Centre of Calgary and Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre working around the decolonization of garden spaces as an art practice. Graham’s artworks have been acquired by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection, Saks Fifth Ave and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Instagram: @rociograham @santa.rosa.arts.and.healing
Lily Pavle is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist with a primarily photography-based practice. Her work focuses on intrapersonal subjects relating to identity, mental health, and retrospect, often incorporating multiple media and acknowledging process as a cathartic aspect of a finished piece. Lily received a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Photography, from Alberta University of the Arts in 2019 and is currently based in Calgary, Alberta.
Louie Villanueva (b. 1995) is a photographer based in Moh’kins’tsis, located on Treaty 7 territory—also called Calgary, Canada. Born to parents of Filipino descent—Villanueva explores identity, poetry and prose, and the dialectic of art and craft. A fascination with mindfulness—intermingles with philosophies of art and manifests in a way of seeing in everyday activities, formal portraiture, and walking. A background in photojournalism, event and studio photography provide a base for Villanueva’s examination of form and subject, and give him generous mechanisms to communicate with. Villanueva is the photography technician for the University of Calgary Department of Art and Art History.
Wilmer Aburto is a Calgary-based photographer born in Nicaragua. He has led projects with youth, seniors, Canadian newcomers, individuals with disabilities and mental health barriers, Veterans, BIPOC and LGBTQ2IA+ communities. He is the recipient of the Immigrants Services Calgary Arts & Culture Award – presented to a Canadian newcomer who has achieved success in an artistic endeavour within the visual, media or performing arts fields. Wilmer has been published and exhibited internationally.