Runs from Monday February 22 2021 to Monday March 29 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Esmond Lee 李春錦
February 22nd to March 29th
Mondays 6:00 PM-8:00PM
IMPORTANT NOTICE: No classes on February 15th

Photography is often used to document external subjects and stories. In this six-week course, you will learn instead about pointing the lens “inwards” to create a visual diary while exploring your personal stories. You will learn to look at images as much as make them. This work may include examining personal archival photographs, but having these images is not a requirement. Much of our time together will involve sharing and discussing each other’s work and you will leave this course with a small personal project. This course will not focus on mechanical camera functions or technical processing of images. This means you are invited to use any image-making equipment, from polaroids to camera phones. All levels of experience are welcomed.

About the Instructor
Esmond Lee 李春錦 is an artist, photographer, and practising architect based in the suburbs of Toronto. As a second generation Chinese Canadian, Lee explores long-term and intergenerational experiences of migration in peripheral spaces. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and draws from this background to examine identity, belonging, and nuanced cultural and political borders in the built environment. Lee is proud to create hyperlocal research and art concerning his community in Scarborough. He was recently an Ontario Heritage Trust’s Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence and has created a continuous 250-foot long vinyl mesh installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto in Scarborough. His upcoming photobook on Scarborough, Below the City, received a honourable mention in the 2020 Burtynsky Grant. Lee’s work is part of the CAMH permanent collection, and he has been recognized with an award from the Ontario Association of Architects. Lee is supported by the Toronto, Ontario, and Canada art councils.

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