The photo-book is a hybrid genre: half photography, half literature. At Photography Bound, four luminaries of the photography world—two of Canada's most acclaimed photographers and two brilliant curators—discuss the form's uses, its potential and its greatest current practitioners.
Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. Edward Burtynsky's distinctions include the TED Prize, the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d'Arles, the Roloff Beny Book award, and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. He sits on the board of directors for CONTACT: Toronto's International Photography Festival, and The Ryerson Gallery and Research Center. In 2006 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada and currently holds six honorary doctorate degrees.
Sophie Hackett is the Assistant Curator, Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University's Masters program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Recent projects include Suzy Lake: Rhythm of a True Space (2008); Connecting with Photography (2008), the reinstallation of the photography permanent collection gallery in 2008, co-curated with Maia-Mari Sutnik; Barbara Kruger, Untitled (It) (2010)—the first time the AGO's front façade was used as a site for art; "Where I was born…": A Photograph, a Clue and the Discovery of Abel Boulineau (2011); and Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today (2011/2012).
Donald Weber is a photographer fascinated by the subject of power (be it economic, political, or psychological) and how it deploys an all-encompassing theatre for its subjects. His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including: the United Nations; Musée de l'Armée at Les Invalides, Paris; the Portland Museum of Art; the Royal Ontario Museum; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Weber's numerous awards and include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards, and PDN's 30. He was named an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo, and was a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award. He is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo agency and is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto.
Eva Eicker has worked at The Photographers' Gallery since 2012 where she curates the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Amongst others, she has worked at institutions such as C/O Berlin; Magnum Photos, London; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Hauser & Wirth, London and The Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Since her Postgraduate studies in Cultural Anthropology (2006) at Ludwig-Maximilan University Munich as well as the MA in Photography and Urban Culture (2009) at Goldsmiths College, London.