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David Barbour has traveled to over 35 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas as photographer for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Other clients have included UNICEF, IDRC, National Film Board of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, National Gallery of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Geographic, Globe and Mail, Bloomberg News, Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Art Gallery. David has curated numerous exhibitions and has appraised numerous photographic collections. His work can be found in the collections of CMCP, Carleton University Art Gallery, City of Ottawa's Public Art Program and Library and Archives Canada. David has been teaching courses and workshops at SPAO since its founding. The City of Ottawa's Public Art Program presents his winter panoramic landscapes and David exhibits regularly at SPAO. Highlights of Barbour's photography career include a World Press Award in 1985 for a photograph he took in Egypt, and a Mid Career Canada Council Grant in 1999 to continue his personal work in Havana.
Mitchell Burton is originally from Calgary, Alberta, moving to Ottawa in 2010 to attend the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Mitchell has been practicing photography for 7 years, and also attended the Alberta College of Art and Design - he left to pursue fine art at SPAO. Mitchell has graduated from the School's full time portfolio program and completed a year of residency.
Adrien Duey has over thirty years of experience as a fine art and advertising photographer, and an art director. His innovative style and approach have won him many national and international awards: New York Art Directors Awards, Toronto Art Directors Awards, National Magazine Awards, Applied Arts National Awards, Polaroid Transfer National Awards, and twice nominated for Juno Awards. Adrien applied his vision and design in the fields of people, still life, and food. He has produced campaigns for Air Canada, Bell, Johnson & Johnson, Bombardier, the Dairy Bureau, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Molson. Adrien produced the images for the world's first interactive postage stamps in 1995 and continues to work on stamp projects. Raised on large format (the packaging for President's Choice was shot on 8"x10" film), Adrien has truly enjoyed the adventure of going digital. After owning and operating a studio in Montreal for years, he is now happily trekking around Ottawa - mostly out of the studio now. Adrien is working on his first book.
Tony Fouhse is an Ottawa-based photographer and photo book publisher. His work has been exhibited throughout North America and in Europe and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, TIME magazine, The British Journal of Photography and CV Photo.
He has been nominated for 3 National Magazine Awards (and won once). In 2010 he was presented with the Karsh Award for Photography.
Jonathon Harrington is the owner/photographer of Icon Imaging. His enthusiasm for photography has allowed him to experience many different areas of photography, from assistant to photography software project manager.
During his 20 years of being a photographer he has worked for Corel Corporation, photographed FIS World Cup Skiing, Ottawa 67’s, Ottawa Renegades, Rugby Canada, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, countless musicians and athletes, large scale architectural and construction projects (including aerials), and is currently a Library of Parliament photographer.
Jonathon believes strongly in the sharing information and giving back, which is why he has taught at Algonquin College in the Photography and Graphic Design programs and the City of Ottawa. Recently his yoga inspired project which showcases the strength and flexibility of women, has been published into a coffee table book which is available at Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and online; a portion of the profits are being donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
As a veteran of the consumer electronics industry, John has developed a teaching style that is both easy and accessible. His work with consumers and manufactures alike has allowed him to develop an insightful understanding of how people use technology to give life to their work and how it can help communicate their ideas.
John's most recent projects use macro images to give voice to personal recollections and observations. His work has been seen in shows in Ottawa and Toronto and he is an active member of the SPAO community.
Geneviève Labbé is a photo-based artist, with a focus on analogue processes. Labbé's work relies heavily on visual storytelling influenced by excerpts from her personal journal. Having moved upwards of twenty times and lived in multiple cities across Canada, she combines her nomadic background with her photography. She creates emotional and unconventional tableaus of her family and friends, and explores the struggles of personal identity, depression, and emotional associations with surrounding spaces.
Jim Lamont has been involved with photography since 1977. He has had three articles with his photographs in the Canadian Geographic, including a cover photograph, and has also been published in a variety of other magazines, a book, and a calendar. He has had six one-person / focus shows at galleries such as the Trinity Art Gallery, the Foyer Gallery, and the Centrepointe Theatre Gallery. His photographs and prints have won numerous awards. In2003, he started PeregrinePrints, a company dedicated to working with photographers to make fine art quality prints at affordable prices. He teaches with the School for the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Henry's School of Imaging, and various community centre and private classes.
Neeko Paluzzi (b. 1988) grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in Ontario and became accustomed to the solitude and simplicity that life on a beach brings. As an artist, however, Paluzzi was raised in the mountains of Switzerland, where he used his camera to explore his imagination. Paluzzi seeks to understand his place in the universe, creating images that reflect the minimalism of the lake's shore and the grandiose silhouette of the mountainside.
His work is grounded in artistic and academic theories, using still-images, moving-images, and sculpture to explore his ideas.
Paluzzi currently teaches English as a Second Language at the University of Ottawa and photography at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.
Susanne Ure is a documentary and fine art photographer who has enjoyed along-time affiliation with the visual arts in Ottawa, as an Arts Consultant with the City of Ottawa, President of the Ottawa School of Art and as the administrator of St. Francois Artists' Studios. During the past several years, in the context of her work with Amnesty International, she has been documenting social justice uprisings in Canada, most recently the Idle No More movement and the on-going campaign to achieve justice for the families of the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada. In 2012 and 2013 her photographs appeared in Amnesty's print publications in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Canada. In 2013 she mounted her first solo exhibition of landscape photographs entitled The Natural Capital and has been selected as one of Canada's emerging photographers by Photo Life magazine. She studied photography at Algonquin College and SPAO, and has pursued graduate and undergraduate degrees in theatre directing and criticism at Queen's University and the University of Toronto.
Michael Vuckovic has been involved in photography for over 30 years. He has worked in photographic equipment sales, graphic design and is a freelance photographer shooting portraiture, theatre (14 seasons as the house photographer for the Ottawa Little Theatre), and fine art. Michael works with both digital and film technologies, is a digital printer and enjoys working in a traditional wet-darkroom. His images have been published in newspapers, magazines, books and has been purchased for private collections.