Toronto photographer Ron Erwin takes centre stage at a national conference for photography teachers hosted by Georgian College May 27 to 29.
Jason Ransom, official photographer for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was originally scheduled to headline the event but he has been called away to photograph Harper on his visit to the G8 meeting in France this week.
Erwin is one of two keynote speakers at No Limits to Creativity, the 2011 Canadian Conference of Photo Educators. The three-day event at the Barrie Campus is hosted by faculty from Georgian’s Digital Photography and Imaging program. More than 50 photography teachers from across Canada are expected to attend the conference.
- For over 20 years, Ron Erwin has been translating his love of nature into photographic images of Canada. He lives and works with his wife and partner Lori in the Scarborough Bluffs neighbourhood of Toronto. Sharing an enthusiasm for nature and adventure, they travel extensively photographing, exploring and observing Canada’s landscape and wildlife from coast to coast. Erwin’s work is used commercially, in corporate interiors, and appears regularly in books, magazines, and calendars. His work is represented by All Canada Photos. Erwin is a Professor of Photography and Digital Imaging at Seneca College.
- The second keynote speaker, Andrew Stawicki, a photographer with the Toronto Star, is founder of Photosensitive, a volunteer organization dedicated to increasing social awareness through photography. The organization offers students rich opportunities to take part in such photo projects. Topics have ranged from poverty, hunger and illness, to racism, ignorance and injustice – but participants also focus on illustrating the possibilities of hope and positive change.
The conference is an opportunity for photography faculty from colleges and universities across the country to trade ideas on current teaching trends and technical developments in the industry. Major sponsor of the event is Henry’s Photo and Video.
The success of Georgian Digital Photography program continues to grow, with graduating student Jason Ferber taking first place in the Best Portrait category of the Professional Photographers of Canada National Student Salon competition for 2011. Ferber won the prestigious award amidst strong competition from students across the country.