The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa's part-time courses and workshops draw on the experience and expertise of a wide variety of photographers, artists, and arts professionals who are active in their fields of expertise. Courses draw on individual instructors’ knowledge and experience.



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, the 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. 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.

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adrien duey

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.


judy morris dupont

Originally from Nova Scotia, Dupont moved to Ontario in 2013. After a satisfying career in the public service, it was time to fulfill a personal goal. Influenced by the work of photographers Josef Sudek, Karl Blossfeldt, and Sally Mann, she prefers and continues to work with historical and alternative processes of photography. Her work is process-driven, and thought out carefully in connection with the body of work she is producing. Working with medium & large format film cameras, the majority of her images are completed in the traditional wet darkroom. Digital practices are combined only on rare occasions. Using silver gelatin, platinum/palladium, wet plate collodion, bromoil and/or polaroid negative reclamation, each process offers the “hands-on” approach necessary for her creativity.


john healey

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.


jim lamont

Jim Lamont is a photographer and custom photographic printmaker who founded PeregrinePrints in 2003, a company dedicated to working with photographers to make fine art quality prints at affordable prices. He has been teaching intermediate and advanced photographic printmaking with the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) since 2007, and has been teaching a variety of courses with Henry’s since 2004.

Prints of his images are in private and corporate collections across North America. Many environmental organizations have used his images and prints in publicity campaigns and as gifts. The Canadian government has purchased dozens of his images as large prints for display in embassies and consulates around the world.

His primary photographic interest has been the rediscovery of the Sublime in the context of global climate change.


neeko paluzzi

Neeko Paluzzi is an Ottawa-based artist and educator whose images blend the possibilities of traditional, analogue darkroom processes with contemporary photographic techniques, such as 3D printing. He is a graduate of the Photographic Arts and Production program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017) and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Ottawa (2013). His work has been exhibited nationally at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (2016, 2017) in Toronto and at the Red Wall Gallery and SAW Gallery in Ottawa. He is a winner of the 2017 Applied Arts Award (Toronto), a recipient of the Marc Guertin Craftsmanship Award and has received the SPHYNX Bursary (Ottawa). Paluzzi is the curator of Exposure Gallery in Ottawa and is an instructor at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa and the University of Ottawa.

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pedro santos

Pedro Santos is a graphic designer, photographer, and visual artist. In his graphic design practice, he conceptualizes and designs print and digital material for high profile customers, working with a wide range of media, including photography and computer-aided design. His work incorporates digital technologies such as InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Lightroom and Photoshop. In his photographic practice, Pedro makes use of representational, impressionistic and abstract landscape photography to express his vision of the world.

Pedro holds a graphic design diploma from Algonquin College and, through the years, has completed numerous courses at the School of Photographic Arts of Ottawa. His photography has been displayed in several individual and group exhibitions in Canada and used in different marketing campaigns.

Over the past 6 years, Pedro has developed and taught an array of photography and design courses aimed at students at different levels. Pedro is always eager and passionate to share his knowledge.


michael schreier

Michael Schreier is a professional artist and photographer who has dedicated his considerable professional career to the celebration of both the public and private hero. Recent work includes Storyteller, Waiting for Words at the Ottawa Art Gallery, curator Emily Falvey, 2009, and the curating of the exhibition Dave Heath, A Heritage of Meaning, 2013 at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Selected works are represented in both public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Archives Photography Collection, the Agnes-Etherington Art Centre, the Canadian Portrait Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop, (Rochester, New York), Light Works Workshop, Syracuse New York, Carleton University Art Gallery, and the University of Ottawa Library Special Collections. Michael was the 2016 recipient of the Karsh Award. 


susanne ure

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

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.