Function sits down to speak with a range of professional artists, photographers, designers and curators.
Clare Samuel, Artist
Clare Samuel is a visual artist, writer, and educator originally from Northern Ireland. She holds a BFA from Ryerson and an MFA from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally and recognized by funding and awards, including the Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Roloff Beny Foundation, and various arts councils. Clare’s images and writing have appeared in publications such as Prefix Photo, BlackFlash, and Border Crossings. She serves on the board of directors at Pleasure Dome and is a founding member of Feminist Photography Network, a nexus for research on the relationship between feminism and lens-based media. Clare lives in Toronto with her pug Stephen, and teaches at Ryerson and OCADU.
In February, Function spoke to Clare Samuel about her project, “To Bend and To Shape” that was on view as a part of Regarding the Enclosures (January 24, 2020-February 29, 2020) at A Space Gallery in Toronto.
Daniel Ehrenworth, Commercial Photographer
Daniel Ehrenworth was born in Ottawa and received his BFA in photography studies from Ryerson University. In addition to commercial photography, Daniel is a gallery artist, dad, video director, ex-food blogger, Muppet fan, and jube jube aficionado. His commercial and editorial clients include Bloomberg, Businessweek, Canada Goose, Fader, Ford, Google, Hyundai, Kia, Maynards, SickKids Hospital, Sport Chek, Target, Tim Hortons, and The Verge, to name a few. He has received numerous awards for his commercial work from the ADCC, American Photo, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, the D&AD, Luerzer’s Archive, and the National Magazine Awards.
In February, Function sat down with Daniel Ehrenworth to discuss what it’s like to transition from school into the professional world, particularly when it comes to commercial practice.
Alia Youssef, Portrait Photographer
Alia Youssef is a portrait photographer interested in diversifying the media landscape and highlighting underrepresented stories and histories. Her personal projects have been exhibited in solo and group shows at galleries and festivals across Canada, such as the Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery, the Parliament of Canada, Presentation House Gallery, and Nuit Blanche Toronto. Her commercial projects with global brands have been displayed internationally, including in New York’s Times Square and London’s Piccadilly Circus. Her work has been published in numerous online and print publications including Elle magazine, VICE, the Globe and Mail, and Oprah Magazine. Alia has done many public artist talks, most notably for the Aga Khan Museum, WE Day Toronto, and Instagram.
In January, Function spoke with portrait photographer Alia Youssef about her current practice, graduate studies in Ryerson University's Documentary Media program and expanding her acclaimed series, The Sisters Project.