The 2021 Photography lovers holiday gift guide!
Our recommendations for the perfect gift for CANADIAN photographers + photography lovers! All under $100. + ALL #MadeinCanada #ShopLocal
We are LOVING these quality
coffee-table-worthy BOOKS right now...
Buzzing Lights by Tanja-Tiziana
Five years ago, Tanja-Tiziana published her book, Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America . The book was filled with neon signs from all over this weird and wonderful continent, but only one city could claim to have been the inspiration: Vancouver, BC, the former "neon capital" of North America.
To celebrate this anniversary — and the lifting of an endless Covid-19 lockdown — the Toronto based photographer returned to Vancouver to see how the city and its signs were doing. This special edition brings together images from her first series in 2009 and her latest in 2021. Beautifully produced with semi-gloss paper stock, those neons really glow.
Limited Edition. 8X10 inches, Only100 signed & numbered copies $24
Get your copy HERE.
Tanja's Buzzing Lights story was feature in PhotoED Magazine - Winter 2021 issue, "Typologies," available HERE.
Saskatchewan Book: Photographs by George Webber
Intentionally or not, the photographs George Webber made of rural Saskatchewan over the course of 30 years form a landscape typology. Beautifully portrayed in colour, his eye returns again and again to familiar prairie themes that invite comparison: faded signs, buildings in need of TLC (or more), and details of abandoned items left to decay. Although the particulars may change from scene to scene, there is an unavoidable thread that runs through the book: the wide-open skies of the prairies might go on forever, but traces of human settlement fade. You would not guess from Saskatchewan Book that the province has cities or that its population is growing. Instead, with every frame, Webber evokes memories of a way of life in a countryside eclipsed by urban living. It is an affectionate lament for the past.
Text by Lorna Crozier
Hardcover, 2020, 320 pages, $45.
Get it from ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOOKS - and support independent Canadian publishing!
Thank you Alan Bulley for this review + photo.
Forest for the Trees, Photographs by Rita Leistner
FOREST FOR THE TREES: THE TREE PLANTERS is the culmination of four years of immersion in the Canadian bush, and a life shaped by northern forestry. It is photographer RITA LEISTNER's fourth book of photography, and her first with DEWI LEWIS PUBLISHERS, UK.
The book features photographs Rita made of a tightly-knit group of 100 professional tree planters she lived with over four years. These young labourers became the subject of her documentary film FOREST FOR THE TREES (2021), as well as two series of fine art photographs — the twin epics THE TREE PLANTERS and ENCHANTED FORESTS, currently in many major Canadian collections.
The photographs are paired with an intimate conversation between Rita and her friend and collaborator, celebrated screenwriter, director and actor, Don McKellar — with an exquisite translation into Canadian French by Dominique Russell.
Check out the book/ project/ film trailer to get more background on this impressive project - HERE.
Hardback, 250 pages | Pub. 2021
250mm W x 290mm H x 20mm | 1.6 kilograms
$69.00 + HST & SHIPPING
Gear up for a YEAR!
CANADIAN photography and words on paper -
delivered in PRINT
Affordable and current, these gorgeous publications will remind the receiver that
you are awesome whenever they open their snail mail and find a fresh copy.
Here are a few of our faves - Independently published + Made in Canada.
Do It For The Grain
Based in Ottawa, Do It For the Grain (@doitforthegrain) is a monthly analog photography zine, featuring film photographs by local artists. They promote and empower local photographers through accessible publications, print sales, and education opportunities.
DIFTG offers a 10 month subscription for $35.
Check out the latest HERE.
Saskatoon situated, BlackFlash Magazine (@blackflashmag) presents critical opinions, 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.
BlackFlash produces three printed editions/ year. ($22.)
Check them out HERE.
New Brunswick creativity is one-of-a-kind. But you don't need to live in, or come from away to appreciate this beautifully crafted inspiring publication. CreatedHere promotes the province's artists who "should be known and valued both in-province and beyond their borders."
CreatedHere Magazine will send "a gallery in your mailbox every season. Find your next favourite artist and proudly display your support on your coffee table."
Created Here offers a 1 year subscription for $34.99.
Check them out HERE.
Add COFFEE to your magazine moment gift!
REALLY nice fresh roasted coffee can spark a little extra sunshine into your giftees custom built magazine moment ritual.
We love Sparkplug coffee because it's delicious, roasted fresh locally, run by a female-led team, and you can now add on a 300g bag of coffee to your PhotoED delivery!
Enjoy a 3 issue (1 year) PhotoED Subscription
+ 3 Bags of Coffee
(A single bag is delivered with each edition)
Prices include delivery anywhere in Canada.
Ground or whole bean options available. The coffee your giftee will enjoy will change with each season.
CHECK IT OUT - HERE.
A statement piece!
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 them out HERE.
Get 2022 on the right track.
A calendar featuring Canadian photography is always a great gift,
here's one we REALLY love.
Vancouver -based, Megaphone is an organisation that amplifies marginalized voices through writing, photography and public dialogue.
Megaphone's 13-month Hope in Shadows Calendar features winning photographs from a local photo contest open to the low-income vendors who sell the calendar to earn income.
Get inspired and support people to find hope in shadows - all year!
Calendars can be purchased online OR if you're in Vancouver - find a local VENDOR!
Caffenol Lab, Ltd. is a Canadian film processing and photo scanning lab based in Brantford, Ontario. They also make and sell Cawanol B&W film developer for D.I.Y.-ers!
Cawanol Professional is their in-house manufactured caffenol developer, using environmentally friendly ingredients you can develop your film at home. It comes in powder form and has been optimized for reliable and repeatable results. This is the perfect gift for your analog photography lover who wants to avoid the harsh chemicals used in traditional developing.
If you're gifting for a photographer just starting out with film, they also stock the tanks you'll need, darkroom supplies, and even one-on-one developing sessions to get started. Really helpful advice included with every purchase!
Find out more HERE.
FlicFilm (but also chemicals!)
Located in beautiful Longview Alberta, Flic Film is a "manufacturer of 35mm cinema film cassettes for stills photography and a blender and manufacturer of photo chemicals."
They state, "The products we produce are influenced by two principles, customer wants and needs, and environmental sustainability and responsibility. All products are designed and packaged to have the lowest possible impact on the environment."
Are you looking for a little something different to help your photography loving giftee expand their creativity?
Founder Anong Migwans Beam says, "Beam Paints is the result of a multi-generational love of pigment, paint, colour, and innovation. I was... taught from a young age how to harvest hematite pigment in the LaCloche mountain range near our home in M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Beam Paints draws on my early educations in Indigenous pigment and expands it to encompass all paint traditions."
We love the idea of printing photos on water colour paper and hand painting on top - or incorporating paintings into digital photo collages... endless possibilities to get hands on!
We love the' "Mini Birch Cookie Gift Set" (pictured above). This kit includes paints, brushes, and paper. High quality pigment content creates sublime artist materials, with plastic free packaging. Yay!
Available HERE for $75 (with free shipping in Canada.)
Our local Canadian retailers + small business' need us right now.
Amazon + Walmart don't care about you. Shop smarter. It's easy!
Not sure what your photography lover would like?
Let them chose + SUPPORT A LOCAL BUSINESS with GIFT CERTIFICATES.
If you're in Vancouver - check out the awesomeness of BEAU photo.
They state: "Bottom line – we are here to assist you. It doesn’t matter if you are running your own photography business, are a photographic artist, a student getting into photography or someone who found an old film camera and wants to start using it. We are here to help you decide what is best for your needs. No hard sales tactics here."
If you're in Toronto, we love a visit to Downtown Camera.
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.
Looking for a store that's nation-wide?
With over 20 locations across Canada, Henry's has everything your favourite photographer could ever want or need! Check them out: HERE.
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.
New ways to think about Canadian photography GUARANTEED.
Subscribers get 3 beautifully printed issues DELIVERED per year.
(Spring/Summer + Fall + Winter)
We also have a neat catalog of BACK ISSUES - if there's a theme your gift-ee is into but missed out on previously - check it out.
Feel the bonus karma points flow your way when you SHARE all these goodies through your social media channels!
Behind all of these suggestions are REAL CANADIAN HUMANS working super hard to bring you their best - a 'Like' or a 'follow' on social media is a sweet little boost of the ego in hard times.