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.



More than 40 years it's been now, and Tony Fouhse still hasn't tired of shooting. 

Fouhse is an editorial and commercial photographer. He also spends a lot of time and emotion photographing personal projects.

He has been nominated 3 times for the National Magazine Awards (and won once). His personal projects have attracted international attention and been published around the world. As well, images from his personal work have been aquired by institutional collections including The National Photo Collection of Belgium (on permanent display), the Art Collection of Global Affairs, Canada and the Ottawa Art Gallery Collection. In 2010 he was awarded The Karsh Award for Photography.


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.



Tiina Kirik is a visual artist, working primarily with traditional analogue (pre-digital) photographic imaging techniques. Her street and studio photography frequently contribute base images used in her composite darkroom printing work. In print work, she combines film negative enlargement with photogram and montage practices to create unique images with a bold retro aesthetic.

Tiina's work in Lith printing was featured on the back cover of issue no. 137 of SHOTS magazine. Her Photogram-Montage work is to be published in the June 2018 issue of Black & White Magazine. 


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.

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Urszula Muntean is a commercial Interior Photographer. She enjoys working closely with the local arts, architecture & design community to skillfully capture their residential and commercial projects.

When not working on architectural shoots she also like to keep busy with portrait and other personal projects.

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Simon Gardner has reported news and current affairs across Canada for CBC, CTV and ATV television stations.  He has received top awards at film and television competitions across North America including at the Chicago International Film Festival for a revealing documentary about a brutal conflict in Central America. 

Simon was one of the first CBC news-reporters  to take on the combined role of camera operator and reporter, known in the industry as ‘video journalism.’  

These days, he has embraced the convenience and portability of digital still cameras that also record video.  When he is not shooting adverstiing video for clients, Simon is a regular contributor to Ottawa Magazine where he provides still photos and articles about everything from food to social trends.


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.