Ahmedabad Cross-section

The diversity and dynamism of India play a central role in Photography Professor Peter Sramek’s teaching as well as his own art.

In 2012, for instance, Peter led a workshop on sustainability issues at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad. Back home in Toronto, Peter’s links to India have helped his students expand their knowledge of global art production and concerns. With funding from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Peter brought NID’s head of Photography and two students to OCAD U, enabling them to participate in a workshop with his International Collaboration Studio students. Peter has also taken OCAD U students to the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, and he has facilitated online collaborations between photography students in India and Canada.
 

In this story we have included six of Peter’s photographic collages from his Ahmedabad Cross-section, and a first-person look inside his artistic practice:
 

During my first visit to Ahmedabad, I was fascinated by the transition from a city with a 600-year history to a modern economic centre. It had just been named “the most livable large city in India” by a national magazine, and was undergoing some major development along the river that divides the old and new cities. Controversial relocation of the urban poor prompted heated discussions as the area was cleared for Governor Modi’s vision.

I walked from the train station in the east of the old city, directly west to the river and then out to the new ring highway. I passed through the lively, old markets, to colonial and post-colonial neighbourhoods and finally out to new commercial developments topped with billboards promoting consumer products, condominium oases and luxury holiday getaways.

The structure of the visual documentation mirrors the experience of walking a line and aims to capture the high energy of this busy city, as well as the contrasts of old and new.

 

Chris Chapman’s five favourite photos

Chris Chapman is an internationally renowned photographer who graduated from OCAD U’s Photography program
 

Chris was chief photographer and editor-at-large at British magazine Wallpaper. In Canada, he has contributed to major fashion magazines including FlareFashion and Elle Canada. His clients have included Holt Renfrew, BMW, Abercrombie & Fitch, the Gap and Target.

Chris’ photos have appeared in magazines such as Fast CompanyTravel & LeisureOut and The Advocate. He’s been recognized by the Art Directors Club of Canada and the National Magazine Awards.

Here are the stories behind his five favourite photos:

 

Izzy Camilleri Campaign

1. Izzy Camilleri campaign

This is one of my favourite shots, for Toronto designer Izzy Camilleri for her 2006 campaign…a dress made out of chain with a leather sleeve. I drew on Blade Runner as inspiration for this shoot.

 

David Cronenberg

2. David Cronenberg

I was very happy with the simplicity and understated creepiness I was able to evoke with the set I designed for my portrait of David Cronenberg for the Director's Guild of Canada. He was also very easygoing and a nice guy.

 

Kathy Griffin

3. Kathy Griffin

Getting to photograph Kathy Griffin in Los Angeles was a blast. This is an example where I found someone I wanted to shoot, pitched it to the client, and then produced, art directed and executed the result from start to finish.

 

Chris Hadfield

4. Chris Hadfield

Shooting Canadian astronaut and fellow Star Trek groupie Chris Hadfield brought out my inner geek. I designed and printed this T-shirt for him to wear at our shoot in the hopes he would appreciate the message. Happily he did.

 

Holt Renfrew

5. Holt Renfrew

This is part of a series I did that Holt Renfrew commissioned for a charity fundraising event. We shot vintage and new couture fashion in my studio while it was still being renovated, and had fun mixing eras and moods. I've always loved this image of my friend Mella for its glamour and stylistic nod to Avedon and Penn.

 

Admissions Segment: 

Oneirism: New Work from Bogdan Luca

contemporary painting of a male figure
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening reception: November 7, 6-10pm
Visiting hours Tue-Fri 3-7pm Sat, Sun 12-6pm

Oneirism (onei•rism \ō-ˈnī-ˌriz-əm\) is a state of consciousness in which dreamlike, often disturbing illusions are experienced while awake. This group of paintings depicts moments or characters that belong to a liminal order of reality: where the boundaries between consciousness, dreams and imagination are permeable and not easily discerned. How do we digest the images we are surrounded by? How do we think about this process by way of painting and photography?

Bogdan Luca is a Toronto based artist interested in how external images inform the cinema of our minds and how fear/desire shapes the world that becomes subjectively visible to our eyes. Bogdan teaches drawing and painting at OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
192 Spadina Ave. 5th floor

How to become a fashion photographer

In my years in the fashion industry, I've learned a lot both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

Here are some things I've learned about fashion photography:

1. Fashion is one of the most exciting and creative types of photography you can actually get paid for.

2. The wilder your concepts, the more fun the production can be for a team. We make insane sets sometimes, for just one shot!

3. The reward of working with gorgeous clothing, shoes and accessories from world-famous designers every day is pretty special.

4. Sticking to your creative vision is key, but also being able to work collaboratively makes all the difference.

5. When that magical moment happens on set, where everything falls into place and you really know why you're doing this job, it's worth all the work.

6. Make sure your models are happy and fed. You can see an unhappy energy in photos instantly.

 

Thinking of becoming a fashion photographer?

If you want to be part of this world, here are my four tips:

1. Be nice! Be easy to work with, open to other's ideas, yet firm in what your vision is. No one wants to work with someone who can't roll with the punches.

2. Have a very concise vision for your portfolio. Don't have landscapes, and dogs, and people and cars. Curate your portfolio for the editor you are going to meet. Make sure your work reflects the brand of the magazine.

3. Constantly make more work. Even if you're not being hired to shoot, do creatives. Even my biggest photographers still do creatives to keep them moving forward.

4. Think outside of the box. Shooting in a studio all the time is easy. Going to a location and pushing yourself to learn lighting in an outdoor setting will take you leaps and bounds above the rest.

 

There's a lot of work that goes into the post production for your photos.

Here are my tips for making your photos look as great as possible:

1. If you're not a good retoucher, hire someone to do it for you. Retouching is a huge thing in fashion. If it's not done well, your work suffers.

2. Learn lighting. No great fashion photographer has ever made it by just shooting in natural light. Take courses on lighting, rent lighting and try everything until you can master that perfect light.

3. Use great lenses. You can rent professional lenses for about $40 per day. There is no reason to use your kit lens when you have all those amazing lenses to try out.

4. Make sure your images are tack sharp (unless you're going for a dreamy look). Images that are soft or out of focus are unusable for print in our publication. Make sure you know your f-stops, shutter speeds and focusing before you get into shooting with models.

5. Be excited about your work. You won't sell me on your work if you don't believe in it. Be passionate, and know who your influences are, because you will be asked who inspires you!

 

Erin Seaman teaches Introduction to the Business of Fashion Photography at OCAD University's Continuing Studies. She has been working in the photography industry for over 15 years, and has gained extensive knowledge in both film and digital backgrounds through her experience working and shooting in a commercial environment. Erin has owned her own studio, shot for a large range of companies such as Calvin Klein, the Globe and Mail, HELLO Canada and Toronto Life. She holds a BFA from OCAD U and is photo editor at FASHION Magazine.

 

Chris Thomaidis

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 11:30pm to Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 1:30am

Photographer Chris Thomaidis will give a talk on photography.
All are welcome.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Auditorium - Room 190
Cost: 
Free
Man looking into a jet engine

Photo-Op

Landscape Photo
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

6th Annual Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Photographs
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 1
6-8 pm

ARTISTS: Nedda Baba, Aleks Bartosik, Luca Bogdan, Andrea Bolley,Kevin Cherry, Laura Cook, Donna Dolson, Dougal Bichan, Julie Florio, William Gaydos, Lawrence Glazer, Shannon Griffiths, David Johns, Lisa Logan, Anda Marcu, Kye Marshall, Duncan Mclean, Lisa Murzin, Andrew Owen, Anton Pickard, Leena Raudvee, Lorie Slater and Akas Tarmaji; Juried by: Sue Lloyd & Nicholas Pye

Selection Statement
The selection process for the PHOTO-OP exhibition took into account an open-ended approach for a call for photography. These works were not necessarily selected to support an exhibition statement or thesis but rather were selected as works that celebrate photography in its various genres and approach to materiality and form. This something for everyone approach to the selection process aims to cast a wide net and present an exhibition with multiple interest and entry point for a large viewing public.

–Nicholas Pye

Venue & Address: 
Aird Gallery Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley)
Website: 
http://airdgallery.org airdgallery.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PHOTO-OP-2015-e-vite1.jpg
poster for Photo-Op juried show

Chris Chapman Talks Photography

Black and white photograph of a man with long, dark hair
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 10:30pm

Chris Chapman is an internationally renowned photographer who has chosen to make his home in Toronto, Canada. Chris was instrumental in the visual attitude and success of the British publication Wallpaper magazine from its inception in 1996, serving as its chief photographer as well as editor-at-large for over three years. Here in Canada, he has been a contributor to all of Canada’s major fashion magazines including Flare, Fashion and Elle Canada. His clients at home have included several major luxury retailers like Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen as well as Birks, Roots . BMW, Joe Fresh, Hudson’s Bay, Nienkamper, and Club Monaco. Abroad, Chris has shot for Abercrombie&Fitch, Selfridges, The Gap, LVMH, Dillards, Theory, Anne Taylor, Target, Crate+Barrel, and Portico NY as well as publications such as Fast Company,  Travel & Leisure, Out, Space, The Advocate and Cargo. His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club of Canada and the National Magazine Awards, earning various gold and silver awards in the  fashion, portraiture and still-life categories. Chris is also a graduate of OCAD’s photography program.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Auditorium, Room 190 100 McCaul St.

NS Photo Exchange Roundtable @ OCAD U

Image of colourful rags
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00pm

In partnership with OCAD University, we are hosting a roundtable discussion on collaborative art practices with select participants from the NS project, as well as key members in the Toronto community. 

Panelist
Luján Agusti (Mexico/Argentina) - The Photographic Museum of Humanity, an online platform for contemporary photography.

Sandra Brewster (Canada) - OPEN HOUSE, an exhibition organized in the artist's home in Toronto.

Cecilia Estalles (Argentina) - M.A.F.I.A a photography collective in Buenos Aires.

Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada) - CONVERsalon, a series of artist talks that happen in the artist's home in Toronto.

Members of the public are invited to participate in this open dialogue.

NS is an online photographic exchange project between artists in Toronto, Canada and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NS Photo Exchange Project/ Intercambio Fotográfico is commissioned by the TORONTO 2015 arts and culture festival PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC and a proud IGNITE community partner. NS was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Image: Pueblos Originarios, Melania Liendo, 2015

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Annex Building 113 McCaul Street 5th floor, Room 525 
Email: 
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OCAD University student a finalist in 2015 Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize

Image of Benjamin Hunter
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 4:00am

Congratulations to Photography student Benjamin Hunter for being chosen as one of two runners-up in the 2015 Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize. Rarely won by undergraduates, this prestigious award comes with a $1,000 prize and recognition in Canadian Art. The text Hunter submitted to the competition was originally written as an essay for the course Photographic Practices: Theory and Criticism.

Lesley Johnstone, a curator at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and a juror for the competition, says that Hunter “has developed a distinct voice and his approach to art writing manifests a desire to tackle important ethical and moral issues while not losing site of the aesthetic and experiential qualities of art production.”

Hunter was raised in Scotland and has spent time working in Uganda as an educator and filmmaker. Prior to enrolling at OCAD University, Hunter completed a BA in photography at Edinburgh Napier University. His current scholarly interest is in lens-based art and its capacity to generate social change.

PANAMANIA Arts & Culture Program features North-Sur Norte-South photo exhibition

Self-portrait by Giselle Mira Diaz and Nahuel Afonso
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:00am

Emerging photographers 9,000 kilometres apart have collaborated on a cyber-photographic pen-pal project that explores the theme of local cultures and blurring geographic borders. North-Sur Norte-South connects OCAD University students with young photographers in Buenos Aires.

The project is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, is a 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience.

Photographers were chosen for this online photographic exchange project through an open call and by invitation. OCAD U partnered with Toronto’s Gallery 44 and Ph15, a non-profit organization in Argentina that uses photography to develop expressive, communicative and technical skills in children and youth who live in vulnerable situations.

North-Sur Norte-South will be exhibited at Gallery 44 from July 17 to August 1; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires from August 29 to September 6, with public displays on billboards and storefronts in both cities.

The images created through this collaboration are exhibited on an interactive website accessible to the Americas and the world.

North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts & Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and is also a proud IGNITE community partner.

 

 

 

 

 

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