Function is a visual art and culture publication that is curated, designed, and produced by a team of 4th-year students at the School of Image Arts. Our magazine’s primary focus is the work of current students, recent alumni, and professionals working with and around lens-based media.
Over the years, the print publication has been the standard platform for engaging in the ongoing discourse surrounding contemporary art. In 2019, Function launched its website, which allows us to continue this conversation in new and expanded ways. The site features interviews with industry professionals, exhibition highlights, and student and alumni profiles. As we strengthen our presence online, our devotion towards the print publication still remains.
Our goal as the producers of Function is to coherently represent the Image Arts community, and create a space that is inclusive, collaborative, and accessible. We are working hard to create Issue 22 and are excited to share it with you this year!
Meet this year's team
Creative Director, Web/Designer & Social Media Manager
Kashif Ahmed Bin Arif
I am a documentary and portrait photographer, based in the Great Toronto Area (GTA), Ontario. I am a 4th-years student and studying a Photography Studies program at Ryerson University in the School of Image Arts. My love for photography comes from my mother - she loves taking pictures and taught me how to use the reel camera. From there I developed my passion and now I love capturing portraits - when people are in their most beautiful candid form, showing their true emotions captured at the moment.
Publication Design and Communications
I’m a portrait and lifestyle photographer and practicing artist from Toronto, Canada, currently studying photography at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. Since starting my photography business at age 16, my favourite part about the commercial work I do has always been meeting and working with new people. My personal projects are often abstract and conceptual series that explore themes such as the self.
I’m a Toronto-based photographer covering topics such as shifting landscapes, architectural design, implementation of surveillance in our daily lives and the use of urban space in the city. Utilizing a mix of digital and analogue mediums.