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Famous Personas Behind the Camera: 13 Best Photographers of Canada

Canada is picturesque, with various geographical constituents such as calm lakes, towering mountains, dense forests, and arid plains. Every panorama is a sight to behold, and these Canadian photographers have performed a miraculous job of capturing this beauty through their camera lenses.

Most Famous Photographers in Landscape Photography

1. Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky hails from St. Catherines, Ontario. He is one of the topmost photographers in Canada as well as around the globe. His photographs explore the bittersweet relationship between the industrialized modern world and nature in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Edward Burtynsky received the Order of Canada in 2006. He was given the TED prize for Innovation and Global Thinking in 2005 and the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2016.

Burtynsky’s work features industrial landscapes and has been displayed in over 50 museums, covering the National Gallery of Canada and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

2. Neil Dankoff

Neil Dankoff is native to Montreal. He studied Film and Communications at McGill University before settling in Toronto in 1998.

He is known for his evocative landscapes. He uses wide panoramic shots with high saturation and experiments with various exposures. He has captured global landscapes, including Switzerland, Africa, Israel, and Italy.

Neil Dankoff’s work has been exhibited at the Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto. His work, for which he traveled worldwide for 3 years, capturing over 800 images, is displayed at Hotel X Toronto, the luxury hotel complex.

Most Famous Photographers in Nature Photography

3. Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen belongs to the Inuit community. He is native to Baffin Island, Nunavut. His talents include photography, filmmaking, and marine biology. He became a professional photographer in 1994.

He is an esteemed wildlife and environment photographer. Through his nature photography, he tries to bridge the space between wild animals and humans by capturing the endangered habitats of polar bears, lynxes, and grizzlies.

He has been honored with the World Press Photo for photojournalism and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Paul Nicklen works for National Geographic and is featured in the National Art Gallery of Canada.

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4. Gregory Colbert

Gregory Colbert is a photographer and filmmaker. He is best known for his creation, Ashes and Snow, an exhibition he prepared for 10 years that captured locations including India, Antarctica, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Egypt. The Canadian artist explained he wanted to capture the dynamics of people and animals. He documented wild animals and the animals co-existing with humans in their natural habitats.

Colbert is known for his large-scale photographs and films exhibited in the Nomadic Museum, a moving structure transported from city to city.

Most Famous Photographers in Travel Photography

5. Callum Snape

Callum Snape is known for his travel photography, through which he has built a career for 12 years.

He has 800,000 followers who enjoy his adventures, including big brands such as Samsung, Air Canada, Adidas, Tourism Switzerland, Panerai, and more. He has a blog discussing his photography. He also shares tips and tricks with other photographers of the processes he uses.

6. Jamie Out

Jamie Out is a photographer from Vancouver. He specializes in travel and adventure photography.

He focuses on capturing adventure through the Rocky Mountains and telling stories through the West Coast of Canada.

His photography is a unique display of different uses of compositions and soft shots that have led to 169,000 followers on Instagram.

Most Famous Photographers in Portrait Photography

7. Christopher Wahl

Christopher Wahl was born in Toronto. He is the most recognized portrait photographer based in Toronto, Canada.

He has photographed many prominent figures such as Queen Elizabeth, the Pope, Al Pacino, and Jon Stewart. His work has received acknowledgment from The Magenta Foundation, American Photography, The Annual Report 100, and more.

His work has been published in various magazines in North America, like TimeThe New Yorker, Life, and Vanity Fair. Christopher Walh’s photos can be found in the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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8. William Notman

William Notman was a Scottish-Canadian photographer of the 17th century. He used to reside in Montreal.

He was another portrait photographer who worked for Queen Victoria, Sir John McDonald, and more celebrities. He is known as one of the best photographers in Canadian history.

Other Unique Photography of Most Famous Photographers

9. Meaghan Ogilvie

Meaghan Ogilvie is from Toronto. She graduated from Sheridan College with a major in Applied Photography. She takes the human body as her subject and captures its movement underwater and on land.

Sony World Photography Awards nominated her for an award in 2013. She also received a renowned commission for the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games.

10. Radha Chaddah

Radha Chaddah’s impressive educational achievements include bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Film and Human Biology and a Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology.

She is known for her ‘out-of-the-box’ photography. She mixes her passion for science and art by combining human anatomy and cellular structure with photography. She grows stem cells in her laboratory and captures them with laser light.

Chaddah has showcased her work in various exhibitions and has given lectures at Sheridan College, Ontario Science Centre, and other organizations.

11. Marilyn Cornwell

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Marilyn Cornwell is from Grimsby, Ontario. She used to be an IT professional and worked in advertising. In 2009, she quit the field and decided to pursue photography instead.

She is an avid gardener. She uses plants, gardens, flowers, and nature for her photos. Floriography is the main running theme of her work which captures arrangements of flowers in a manner that conveys a meaning.

She also captures urban environments in her works through abstract images of decay, such as rust, mold, peeling paint, etc.

12. Laura Letinsky

Laura Letinsky was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is an instructor at the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts.

She is a still-life photographer. She started her career photographing people but shifted to still-life subjects depicting the haunting presence of people. Her work is a study of space, color, and perception. Her pictures include half-empty glasses, orange peels, and soiled dishes.

Letinsky’s work has been displayed in places like New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

13. April Hickox

April Hickox is an assistant professor of photography at Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and Design University. She owns the Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography as a founding director.

Her work delves into the transformation of an individual’s life in different phases. She has been creating photographs, videos, films, and installation work for over 35 years.

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