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The 2022 Photography lovers holiday gift guide!

Our recommendations for the perfect gift

All under $100. + ALL #ShopLocal

we LOVE...

The Haddon Hall - Naomi Harris

In 1999, photographer NAOMI HARRIS moved into a South Miami Beach Art Deco hotel to document a unique community. Armed with a 35mm camera and slide film, she became a surrogate granddaughter to the residents.

After years of work, surviving the depression, war, and concentration camps, many Jewish senior citizens made the pilgrimage south. A depressed economy and cheap rent (at that time) made it an ideal choice for a retiree on a fixed income.

"I photographed my surrogate bubbehs and zaidehs lounging by the pool, doing exercises and kibitzing on the veranda.
I joined them for bingo, took them grocery shopping and to the beauty parlors; these people were my friends.”


The Washington Post says:

"Harris’s evocative images bring us into this circle of people who’ve found and sought solace in each other in a unique place and time."
"'Haddon Hall' is like a family album, wrought with vim, vigor and a healthy dose of empathy. It’s a beautifully engaging testimony to a bygone era."

Published by Void

Limited Edition of 1250

Hardcover, silkscreened with open spine

104 pages, 200 x 270 mm


Order your copy from our friends at ROONEYS - HERE.


Light Wounds - Eva H.D. & Kendall Townend

This meditative collection of "photo-haiku hybrids", with poems by Eva H.D. and photographs by Kendall Townend, is a unique gift idea for the fellow artist in your life.

As Don Snyder describes in Photomonitor:

"This is a multilayered and rewarding book, and highly recommended—especially for those who share a curiosity about the endless differences between what an image shows, and it might express."

80+ pages


Get it from the Light Wounds website, HERE.


Stay Solid Or Move West - Chris Donovan

As featured in our DOCUMENTARY ISSUE, we love a Chris Donovan story!

In Stay Solid Or Move West, Chris explores identity, love, memory, and the Maritime tradition of "going west."

The book features photographs taken mostly on disposable cameras over the course of four years, alongside archival images sourced from family albums. Donovan's first book is a diaristic account of his displaced coming-of-age, and the intergenerational trauma and feeling of inevitability of westward migration experienced by so many Maritimers.

For many, “west” refers to the perceived economic prosperity of Alberta’s oil fields. For Donovan, it was the promise of endless opportunity that drew him from the Atlantic to Toronto.

6.5″ x 8.5″ (vertical), 144 pages

Binding: Swiss Brochure, open spine with cover attached on back.

Edition Size: 500


Get it online from ROONEYS - and SHOP LOCAL Hamilton!


About Time - Jin-me Yoon

About Time presents Vancouver artist Jin-me Yoon’s significant artworks of the last decade. Frequently combining photography, video and installation, Yoon’s work is distinguished by a poetic, cinematic aesthetic—one that is deeply contemplative and undergirded by an examination of our position in the world as it is reflected in and shaped by ideas of history and memory, land and ocean.

Published by Hirmer Publishers and Vancouver Art Gallery | 2022

Hardback, 208 pages

7'' x 9.75'', 100 colour illustrations

$65.00 + shipping

Get it from the Vancouver Art Gallery store - HERE.


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 independently published faves...


Saskatoon situated, BlackFlash Magazine 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.)

Subscribe HERE.



STRATUS is a indie journal featuring film photography, based in Treaty 6 territory, in Edmonton. Their most recent mini-issue, "Life in Green" turns its lens toward the environment, and is all about appreciating green.


Check out STRATUS Journal's website, HERE.

A Custom Curated Boxset surprise!

The Toronto-based Issues Magazine Shop carries hard-to-find, independently-published magazines from around the world. Let them curate a surprise boxset of magazines, choosing your price-point, from $25 (1 magazine) to $300 (6-10 magazines).

First, choose your budget, and then tell them about your gift recipient:

  • Who are you buying for?

  • What topics do they love?

  • Are there specific titles you'd like to include?

  • Do you want to send a gift message? If so, what should it say?

Subject to available inventory; shipping is included.

Check it out HERE.


Add COFFEE to your magazine moment!

REALLY nice fresh roasted coffee can spark a little extra warmth into your giftee's custom-built magazine moment.

We love Sparkplug coffee because it's delicious, roasted fresh locally, and run by a cool female-led team. ADD-ON on a 300g bag of coffee to your PhotoED deliveries!

Enjoy a 3 issue (1 year) PhotoED Subscription + 3 Bags (350g) of Coffee

(A single bag is delivered with each edition)


  • Price includes delivery (x3) anywhere in Canada.

  • Custom ground or whole bean options available.

  • The coffee selection will change with each season.

*Sorry, the RYAN VAN DER HOUT limited edition print is OUT OF STOCK.



Cool stufF

A statement piece!


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 respective organizations.

Handmade mugs also now available! Check them out HERE.


Get 2023 on the right track.

A calendar featuring Canadian photography is always a great gift. Here's one we REALLY love.

Megaphone is a Vancouver-based organization that amplifies marginalized voices through writing, photography and public dialogue.

Megaphone's 13-month Hope in Shadows Calendar features 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!



Freshen up your tech! Gelaskins offers artist-designed skins for laptops, phones, tablets, wireless headphones, e-readers, and MUCH more... You can also upload your own photo, logo, or artwork and create a bespoke skin. And they're made in Toronto!

Get 20% off your first order from Gelaskins by using our coupon code PHOTOED20.

Mac skins, (pictured below), start at $42.

Check out their full product line HERE.


Urchin bags

Are you holiday shopping for an eco-conscious adventurer? Photo adventures need sturdy (and stylish) ways to keep your stuff together.

Urchin Bags might have just what you're looking for. Designed and made by Clare on Vancouver Island, the bags give old bike tires and seatbelts a second life as durable and unique carry-alls.

We love the vegan, zippered bag (above) made with a used bike tire's inner tube and scrap vinyl, and the seat belt wallets (below) are super cool too!

Urchin Bags diverts material from landfills and sews it into functional, funky, and durable pieces of art! They're perfect for holding small bits of gear, toiletries, or rolls of film.

Check out more of URCHIN BAGS stuff - HERE.


For the artists out there

With eight great options, we LOVE artist/photographer Danny Custodio's T's. If you know someone that can laugh in the face of rejection, or the realities of being a starving artist - this is the perfect gift!

Available in black with white text, or white with black text, in a range of sizes to suite any size of artist!

Check out these T's - HERE.


No. 1 leather camera strap

This minimalist leather camera strap is handmade by the folks at Fieldwork Company in Alberta. It's cut from 6oz Full-Grain leather and features solid brass components. Over time, the leather will soften and develop a patina unique to your strap. AND you can personalise them with hand stamped initials!

Starting at $50 + shipping at Fieldwork Co's website—HERE.


(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."

FlicFilm (and chemicals - including a C-41 kit!) are available through retailers across Canada, Beau Photo Supplies in Vancouver, Downtown Camera in Toronto, and others listed HERE.


For the kids!

Inspire kids through photography

Project Kids & Cameras is a social enterprise empowering kids ages 7-14 to explore their voice and the world around them through photography, literacy, visual thinking skills, and social action. With in-person and online options, we LOVE this thoughtful gift idea!

Find out more about what they do:



Our local Canadian retailers + small business' need us.

Amazon + Walmart don't care about you. Shop smarter. It's easy!

Not sure what your photography lover would like?


If you're in Vancouver - check out the awesomeness of BEAU photo.

"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 (drop-in OR mail-in) and analog accessories, to the latest digital gear & gadgets. Your giftee will fee like a kid in a candy store!

Looking for a store that's nation-wide?

Henry's has everything A photographer could ever want.

Check out their huge selection of cameras and photography gear, 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.


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