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The Stories Were Not Told

The Stories Were Not Told

Canada’s First World War Internment Camps
by Sandra Semchuk
afterword by Jen Budney
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Alberta Book

Alberta Book

Photographs by George Webber
photographs by George Webber
contributions by Rosemary Griebel & Fred Stenson
edition:Hardcover
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Northern Light

Northern Light

The Arctic and Subarctic Photography of Dave Brosha
photographs by Dave Brosha
contributions by Martin Hartley & Paul Zizka
edition:Hardcover
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Along the Western Front

photographs by Leah Hennel
edition:Hardcover
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Everything Remains Raw

Everything Remains Raw

Photographing Toronto's Hip Hop Culture from Analogue to Digital
edition:Hardcover
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Shadow Hymns Photography by Austin Andrews
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From the Introduction: Enter curiosity. This is maybe the single most important trait any documentary photographer can have. Human behaviour is fascinating stuff. Wonderment, cooperation, scepticism, hypocrisy; these are some of the most decadent photographic subjects, and to place these familiar behaviours in an unfamiliar setting is something I will never tire of. It’s a welcome reminder that no new place is ever really that alien. Sometimes it means getting uncomfortably close to your subject, and there are photos in this book that were framed from the hip, and others that were serendipitous mistakes. Sometimes meaning is accidental. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the more complex the engagement with a subject, the narrower the audience becomes. This may be why artists working in every medium will challenge themselves to sneak the Trojan horse of commentary and critique into highly aesthetic packages. This is as true of pop songs and blockbuster films as documentary photography, and to capture or create images that succeeds on both these levels has become an intoxicating pursuit.

Austin Andrews

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