About Me

If I hadn't enrolled in a once-weekly photography course at a high school in Montreal around 1970, I might not have become a professional photographer. The teacher, Sam Tata, was one of Canada's most treasured documentary/street photographers. He exposed me to names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Atget, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and more, and a new world opened up.

By the mid 1970's I was ready to quit my day job to start a new career taking photos for a living - somehow. Thank goodness for naiveté, ignorance, and "poor" judgement. With the full support and encouragement of my wife, I was able to attend Ryerson for a couple of years, then began assisting pros, acquiring the technical and business knowledge required to run a studio. 

With the help of a group of pros in a co-op studio called "Format", especially under the mentorship of one of the founding photographers, Clive Webster, I embarked on a 30+ year career, opening up my own studio, eventually specializing in Architecture and Interiors. I enjoyed every minute of it. Every day I worked with, and for, a talented group of intelligent, hard-working people that made my working life a joy.

By 2010 though, I was ready to pull back and think about retirement. I stopped taking advertising and editorial assignments but continued to shoot for a few Interior Designers which provided the funds for my wife and I to travel. In 2016, I stopped taking assignments completely, sold off all my pro gear and settled into retired life.

This website displays selected images that appeal to me, from all stages of my career. I will continue to add images as I find them in my binders of old film, or in my travels around home here in Toronto and out in the world.

If anyone is interested in buying prints or licensing images, I would be happy to talk about size requirements, framing options and pricing.

Sam Tata ca. 1970

Clive Webster 2009

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