2020 Photography lovers holiday gift guide!
Our recommendations for the perfect 2020 socially distant holiday gifts for emerging photographers + photography lovers across Canada!
We are LOVING these quality
coffee-table-worthy BOOKS right now...
Just announced + we're so excited!
ISABELLE HAYEUR - MONOGRAPHY
Committed to the environmental cause since the 1990s, Quebec based, internationally recognized, artist Isabelle Hayeur observes and documents with a critical eye the transformation of our ecosystem and the devastating impact of urbanization and industrialization on our land.
Her topics of investigation are the land, housing and water, images of which she manipulates digitally in various fashions in such a way as to raise doubts about the veracity of the landscapes depicted. The strategies she employs seek to make us think about the way in which we perceive and conceive our own surroundings.
She is brilliant - you need this book.
Texts in French and English, 360 pages, Hard cover — 12″ x 9.5″
$ 70. Get your copy HERE.
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Matt Williams - Two Rivers
Two Rivers is both a ghost story and a road trip—it traverses decades and dimensions, waterways and highways, real and imagined. Matt Williams set out to recreate his dreams and memories while on a road trip across the country from Halifax to Vancouver, using black and white, medium format and 35mm film.
Why we LOVE this?!
We featured a preview of this book in our Black & White issue - but now that the book is out, we're excited to share the full story!
This debut edition is a testament to creative craftsmanship. Alongside the carefully composed visuals, poetry takes the story further. Pushing the creative process further still, each copy of this premier edition is hand-painted, AND the piece has it's own musical score! Yeah. It's next level, and you'll love every part of this.
First edition of 250, published November 2020 by Axis Mundi Press
Cover design hand-painted on St. Armand canal paper (made largely from recycled cotton fabric).
Essay written by Newfoundland-based writer and musician Kate Lahey.
9x9 inches, 80 pages, 62 plates, printed offset.
$ 65. Get your copy HERE.
Bathers, by Toronto-based photographer Ruth Kaplan, explores the social theatre of communal bathing.
Ruth Kaplan’s journey began in the nudist hot springs of California in 1991. She then followed her curiosity to Eastern Europe, seeking a more traditional form of the practice in the spa towns of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania. She traveled to high-tech spas in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark, completing the series in 2002 in Moroccan hamams and Icelandic hot springs. Hedonism, sensuality, innocence and social bonding are just some of the underlying themes that emerged in the form of striking, tender, dream-like images.
112 pages, 9.75" X 12," featuring 70 stunningly beautiful photographs printed in duotone.
With essays by Marni Jackson and Larry Fink. $65. CDN. Get your copy HERE.
Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and art director Jessica Ennis collected stories of heartbreak, relationship endings, and new beginnings—fictional but often inspired by real-life—and set out to convey the raw emotions that are exposed in those most vulnerable of states.
Collaborating with celebrities, they developed each character, built her world, and then photographed as she lived the role before the camera. The resulting collection is a bold look at the experience of losing or leaving love and will speak to anyone who appreciates art, photography, and the strength of facing emotional depths head-on.
Featured talent in the book includes: - Julianne Moore - Keira Knightley - Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Sofia Boutella - Nina Dobrev - Tessa Thompson—and many more!
LEAH HENNEL's NEW BOOK!
is a stunning debut collection of photographs focusing on contemporary cowboy culture and modern ranching in Alberta.
$40. Hardcover 8.5 in x 7.5 in
Take a trip - go RETRO!
Go back in time to an era of glamour and excess...
Go back in time to the streets of New York in 1982. Toronto based street photographer, Gun Roze's love of his time in Manhattan is evident in this caringly crafted, self-published 82 page limited edition, coffee table book. A project, literally years in the making, showcases Gun's unique view of his 1982 adventures in NYC. From stylish New Yorkers going about their daily lives, to celebrities snapped in various situations, the hive of activity that is the largest city in North America is captured for posterity on 35mm Kodak colour film.
Crafted by an expert team, this independently produced piece can be yours to explore, or give as a gift for $100. CDN (+ shipping). A selection of images from this work can be previewed at this link online, and orders for this print edition can be placed directly with the artist.
This book is a treasure for street photography + analog film lovers to fall in love with.
Order your copy through Gun Roze directly.
Gear up for a YEAR!
Magazines + periodicals delivered in PRINT to your door
are affordable, current & will remind the receiver that you are awesome,
at least 3 or 4 times/ year.
Here are a few of our faves - Independently published + Made in Canada.
A Calgary-based non-profit community, that works to share and promote analog image-making processes'. Beautiful publications that truly honour analog artists.
Check them out HERE.
From wonderful Waterloo Ontario... FOTO:RE View is a large-format journal that celebrates photographers and their work, in conjunction with complementary essays.
Check out the latest HERE.
Saskatoon situated, BlackFlash Magazine presents critical opinions, urgent issues, and innovative ideas about divergent artistic practices from across Canada, and beyond. Each issue includes profiles, interviews, reviews, feature articles, and artist projects from a diverse selection of artists, writers, and curators.
Check them out: HERE.
Add really nice COFFEE to your magazine gift...
REALLY nice fresh roasted coffee can spark a little extra sunshine into your giftees custom built morning ritual.
We love Sparkplug coffee because it's delicious, made fresh locally, and you can subscribe to set yourself (or your friend) up, on Autopilot with their super flexible coffee subscription service!
If you're not sure what blend they will love - send a sampler pack!
Free shipping anywhere in Canada.
We TOTES love merch.
Dina Goldstein's classic 'Fallen Princess' fairytale series is definitely a talking point,
take the Snow White story with you. Happily ever after?!
Get 'Snowy' on a tote!
The Snowy eco canvas tote is only $25.
Order yours HERE.
ART = WORK
Get this tell-it-like-it-is T-shirt for
only $20. HERE.
The ART=WORK campaign is run by VANL-CARFAC, Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador + Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens, in partnership with the Mary MacDonald Foundation. This joint fundraiser supports visual artists, curators, and art workers living in Newfoundland and Labrador through programs and awards distributed by their retrospective organizations.
Handmade mugs also now available! Check out the VANL- CARFAC.
Get 2021 on-track.
A calendar featuring Canadian photography is always a great gift,
here's one we REALLY love.
BC based photographer Ali Penko has built a following around her annual calendar release.
For 2021, we're looking forward to beautiful monthly moments from Ali as she shares her images on the theme of, Reflections. What we're also looking forward to is getting this in the mail, as that's the only way to resolve mystery of what each monthly image will be.
12 month wall-hanging (8.5x 11″)
$25. + includes free shipping in Canada.
Order online HERE.
The gift of COMMOTION!
We're so excited! Our fave virtual gallery THE COMMOTION now has GIFT CARDS!
Any level of artists can use the gift card for PORTFOLIO REVIEW consultations with
Director/ Founder Peppa Martin.
Starting from $25. give the gift of professional expertise!
Give the gift of insight!
The artist in your life might do with another set of eyes...
Mentor Lyla Rye works with visual artists at any stage of their career with a balance of guidance, empathy and support.
Gift cards are available for individual critiques (starting at $125.) and include a 1.5hr zoom meeting with a comprehensive set of notes and resources that summarizes and extends the discussion.
Not sure what your photography lover would like?
Let them chose + SUPPORT A LOCAL BUSINESS!
If you're in Toronto, we love a visit to Downtown Camera.
Give your gift-ee a little motivation to try something new from $25. + up
GIFT CERTIFICATES can be purchased online + used in store.
At Downtown Camera, gift certificates can be used on anything in the store, from film developing and analog accessories, to the latest digital gear & gadgets.
Our local Canadian retailers + small business' need us right now. Amazon + Walmart don't care about you. Shop smarter. #ShopLocal
The ultimate Canadian photography lovers gift!
Of course we recommend our own selves as the BEST GIFT ever!
+ Our SUBSCRIBE + TOTE offer is a sweet deal.
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We also have a sweet catalog of BACK ISSUES - if there's a theme your giftee is into but missed out on previously - check it out.
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