Arnold Zageris

Arnold Zageris, a retired biology teacher, specializes in large format photography to capture the wondrous geological formations and landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador by using a 4 x 5 view camera. His crisp and colourful rock portraits are completely unaltered, which he attributes to waiting for the right light and finding the best angle to complete his vision. His photographs explore the magnificent contrast between the grandeurs of nature’s open spaces and the delicate form and texture of isolated rock formations. His work is in the collection of the Canadian Museum Contemporary Photography, a branch of the National Gallery of Canada and he has exhibited his photographs across Canada.

“My visual impression of the world is perceived as a continuous mix of complexities, order and disorder It is both pleasurable and rewarding to discover and record the underlying rhythms concealed in hidden forms and elusive colours. These compelling stimuli can be found everywhere; be it in the familiar city streets or in the exotic environment of an arctic sea cave. My commitment is then to search and find the quality of light that can inspire the imagination, add value to an ordinary subject or bring attention to objects passed by.

To achieve this end I use a large format 4×5 view camera as a recording vehicle for all my vistas and intimate details. Its large film size heightens the viewer’s emotional experience by preserving all the details and colours of the moment. Balancing this abundant information allows me then to recreate my original response by combining all the recorded elements into a harmoniously designed photographic print.”

 

 Biography

EDUCATION

  • 1975 B.ED, University of New Brunswick
  • 1969 B.SC, Loyola College, Montreal
  • 1989 Advanced Cibachrome Printing and Masking, Maine Photographic Workshops
  • 1985 Art and the View Camera with Ted Orland, Maine Photographic Workshops
  • 1983 Colour Landscape with Eliot Porter, Maine Photographic Workshops
  • 1982 Black and White Zone System, Maine Photographic Workshops

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

  • 2014 “Keeping Current: Art work from our country’s eastern edge”, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2014 “On the Labrador”, exhibition and book launch, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2012 “On the Labrador”, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
  • 2010’Photographs of Labrador’ at Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2009 “On the Labrador”, Eleanor London Gallery, Cote St. Luc
    “Nomades, laCollection Loto Quebec en mouvement”, Espace Creation, Montreal, Quebec
  • 2008 Musee des beau arts de Sherbrooke, Loto Quebec Collection
    The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Museum, St John’s, Newfoundland
  • 2007 Centres d’expositions, “In the Presence of Trees”, Val d’Or and Ville Marie
    “On the Labrador”, Musee Canadien de la Nature, Ottawa, Ontario
    Marsha Rafelman Art Gallery
  • 2005 Centre d’expositions, Rouyn-Noranda
    Joan Ferneyhough Gallery, North Bay, Ontario
  • 2004 Centre d’expositions, Rouyn-Noranda
  • 2003 “Des Regards D’ici”, Centre d’expositions, Rouyn-Noranda
  • 2002 Joan Ferneyhough Gallery, North Bay, Ontario
  • 2001 Exhibition Centre, Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1988-1999 “Before the Land, Behind the Camera”, Frederick Horsman Varley Gallery Markham, Ontario
    Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta
    Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
    Galerie d’Art, Sudbury, Ontario
    Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • 1997 Contact 97, Marsha Rafelman Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1996 “6,000 Years of History”, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
  • 1996 “Before the Land, Behind the Camera”, Canadian Museum of contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1995-1996 “Terres du Nord”, touring exhibition
    Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal, Quebec
    L’Imagier, Aylmer, and four other exhibition centres of Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Quebec
  • 1995 Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1993 “Vaste, Riche et Mysterieux”, La Sarre, Quebec
  • 1992 “Art Bank at Work in Montreal”, Canada Council Exhibition, Canada Pavilion, Expo 92, Seville, Spain
  • 1992 “Northern Landscapes”, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario

AWARDS, MENTIONS, GRANTS

  • 2010 “Lost Living Room” purchased by the Canada Council Art Bank
  • 2005 Awarded “Prix de la culture”, Ville de Rouyn-Noranda
  • 2004 Major grant awarded by “Conseil des arts et lettres”
  • 1991 Major grand awarded by “Quebec Ministry of Culture”
    Portfolio chosen by Maine Photographers Workshop at the American Art Photographers Annual Congress, Maine
  • 1990 Grant awarded by “Quebec Ministry of Culture”
  • 1988 Grant awarded by Quebec government
  • 1987 Award from Canadian Nature Federation
  • 1986 Quebec Government recognizes my contribution to Quebec’s art and culture
  • 1985 Grant awarded by the Canadian Geographic Society to explore Labrador
  • 1977 Winner of the “Grand Prize” in Nikon’s photo contest: photo exhibited in New York and Japan

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS

  • 2014 “On the Labrador”, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
  • 2014 Global TV Interview to promote the book “On the Labrador”
  • 2009 Photo Solution Magazine
  • 2008 Newfoundland Quarterly
  • 1995-2008 Various media sessions and publications
  • 1994-1995 Photo Digest Publications
  • 1991 CBC TV “On the Road Again” documents work method in the field and at home
  • 1990 Publications in various books and magazines; “The Last Wilderness”, “Discovering America”, “Canadian Geographic Magazine”, “NAPA”
    CBC Interview “Breaking Away” with Jill Walker
  • 1985 Half hour documentary televised across Europe and Canada
  • 1983 PBS interview on “Eliot Porter”

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

  • Bank of Canada (Canada council for the arts)
  • Barrick Gold Corporation, Toronto, Ontario
  • Bell Canada, Toronto, Ontario
  • Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Cygnus Consulting, Montreal, Quebec
  • Eliot Porter, Santa Fe
  • Federal Court of Canada (Canada council for the arts)
  • Freeman Patterson, New Brunswick
  • Goodmans, Toronto, Ontario
  • Industry Canada (Canada council for the arts)Loto, Quebec
  • Nisker Wealth Management, Toronto, Ontario
  • Noranda Minerals, Toronto, Ontario
  • OHA Investment Management, Toronto, Ontario
  • Redpath, R.M.E. Capital Corporation
  • Rt. Honourable Brian Mulroney, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Solicitor General PEI (Canada council for the arts)