May 7, 2013

Peter Robertson - Frame #17

Peter was graphics editor for the Toronto Star for 19 years and a founding editor of PhotoSensitive. He has been the photo editor of several books and has lectured and conducted seminars on photography and communications at newspapers, community colleges, universities and at the National Archives in Ottawa. 
In 1986 he began a 22-year teaching career, first at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, and later at Ryerson University in Toronto. 

Boris Spremo - Frame #18

Arguably Canada's most recognized Photojournalist, Boris  Spremo joined the Globe and Mail staff in 1962 and moved to The Toronto Star in 1966, where he retired in 2001.
During his career, Spremo has won over 280 national and international awards for photography, including being the first Canadian to capture a First Prize Gold Medal in the World Press Photo Competition in the Hague in 1966.
In 1997, Spremo was awarded Canada's highest honour, the "Order of Canada" (C.M.) for his years of photographic excellence with a presentation by Governor General Romeo Le Blanc at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.  
The loves of his life are his Wife, his 4 grown daughters...and his '59 Caddy (pictured below...with the 36Frames camera case)


Yuri Dojc - Frame #19

In 1968, when Russian tanks were rolling into Czechoslovakia, Yuri's status as a "summer student" in London, England was amended to "refugee". 
Flash forward to the present and Dojc's hometown of Humenne has named a gallery after their native son. A major player on the photographic stage, prestigious ad agencies and designers revere his unique artistic vision. 
Often compared to two great fashion visionaries: Guy Bourdain and Helmut Newton, Yuri's work has migrated to such diverse subjects as  "What Remained," which pays homage to Slovak Holocaust survivors and garnered a medal of honour from the Slovak Ambassador to the United States.
An accompanying documentary film on the project is in post-production. Photos from his recent travels in Rwanda, Dojc's first trip to Africa, appeared as double-page spread in the French daily Liberation.

Bill Majesky - Frame #20

After leaving high school, I took a full time job at Black’s Camera in Scarborough. On weekends I went to as many events as I could in Toronto, trying to get through any door that would lead me to a newspaper job.
I met Bill Majesky, then a staff photographer at the Oakville Journal Record, during the annual Toronto Island CHIN pick-nick.  Six months later, he tracked me down and called, asking if I’d be interested in a weekend shift at the Oakville Journal Record. That was the beginning of my career.
Bill moved on to the Toronto Sun and a successful free-lance career himself.

Erin Elder - Frame #21

Erin Elder has been a leading figure in promoting the achievements of photographers and encouraging an appreciation of photojournalism for the past 18 years. 
In 1990, she began working at Maclean's magazine, Canada's national news magazine, as photographer and editor. After moving to Hong Kong in 1995, she became photo editor on Asiaweek magazine. 
In 1998 she became photo editor of Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, which in 2005 won a gold medal from the Society of Newspaper Design for Best Use of Photography. Under her guidance, The Globe and Mail continued to win numerous awards. 
Elder was the Canadian nominator for the Joop Swart Masterclass from 2003 - 2007 and World Press Photo jury member in 2007 and 2008. 
In 2008, she decided to move into Digital Media at the newspaper where she is responsible for business development in the online and other new media sectors.

Tibor Kolley - Frame #22

Tibor Kolley graduated from Ryerson's photography program in 1970. After freelancing for six years, he became a staff photographer for The Globe. He has won National Newspaper Awards for Spot News, the Canadian Press Picture of the year, nine Canadian Press Picture of the month awards and the National News Photographers Association's Photographer of the Year (Region2).
His photo of 75-year-old Canadian D-Day Veteran Alfred Finley still brings tears to my eyes every time I see it.

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