Join us on Saturday January 12, 2018 at 1PM for a TOM Talk! TOM Talks are the Gallery's on going lecture series featuring speakers of interest to the Gallery's current exhibtions. This TOM Talk features Willy Waterton the feature photographer behind our new exhibition Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties. In this talk Willy will explore themes and ideas captured in the exhibition and share his insights. This event is free, all are welcome.
More on Salt of the Earth: Salt of the Earth: People of Bruce & Grey Counties is a compelling touring photography project that highlights over 40 years of environmental portraiture work by Willy Waterton. For Waterton, the term “salt of the earth” describes “a decent, dependable, unpretentious person.” This phrase describes the people in the area, whom Waterton had the honour and privilege of photographing over his career as a photojournalist. This selection of 20 photographs challenges the historical notions of portrait photography by examining through a contemporary lens, the ordinary - yet extraordinary - diligent and humble people of the community. Each of these photographs document a way of life that has vanished or is disappearing from this place we call home.
More on Willy Waterton: A creek still bears the family name where Waterton’s ancestors settled in northern Grey County during the 1840s. A self-taught photographer, Waterton spent 35 years as a full-time photojournalist at The Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper. During his tenure as chief photographer, he oversaw the transition from black and white photography, to colour publication, and then finally to digital. His newspaper photographs won over 100 provincial and national awards. In 1990, Waterton was named Ontario News Photographers’ Association Photographer of the Year. His photography has appeared in national and international magazines, newspapers and books including the Globe and Mail, the New York Times and National Geographic. His work is in both public and private collections. Waterton’s life-long love for Bruce and Grey Counties has led to his commitment, through his photography, to interpret the people and land of this special part of Canada for you to enjoy.