Scotiabank Photography Award - 2015 Finalists

Watch the exclusive video interviews with the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and their insights into the work of the 2015 SPA finalists:

2015 Scotiabank Photography Award Finalists
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Angela Grauerholz - Winner

Juror's statement

2015 SPA jury member Robert Bean wrote - The photographs of Angela Grauerholz are a significant contribution to the contemporary history of the medium. Her explorations of the materiality and contexts of images have renewed our aesthetic and cultural understanding of photographs. Read more


Angela Grauerholz

Photo credit: Martin Lipman

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1952, Angela Grauerholz has lived and worked in Montreal since 1976. A graduate of the Kunstschule Alsterdamm, Hamburg, in graphic design, she studied literature and linguistics at the University of Hamburg and holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts (photography) from Concordia University, Montreal. In 1980, she was a co-founder of ARTEXTE, centre d'information en art contemporain, still today an important archive for Canadian art, where she worked until 1986. Simultaneously, until the late 1980s, she was very active as a graphic designer specializing in catalogue and book design. Since 1988, she has been teaching at the École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal, where she was the director of the Centre de Design from 2008 to 2012. Having influenced and taught many generations of graphic designers in Quebec, she has received numerous awards for her design work, such as the Award of Excellence (Best of Best) from the American Federation of Arts, New York, for the book Lisette Model, published by the National Gallery of Canada in 1990, and has worked for many distinguished artists and art institutions across Canada. In 2006, Grauerholz was awarded Quebec's Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas for her accomplishments in the arts, and in 2014 she received the Canada Council's Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts. Read more

Rafael Goldchain - Finalist

Juror's statement

2015 SPA jury member Robert Enright wrote - Rafael Goldchain uses photography to tell him who he is. The medium is an instrument that validates the truth of his personal experience and his relationship to the external world. The outside world his lens records, stands in for a richly layered interior self. Read more


Rafael Goldchain

Rafael Goldchain is a well-respected Canadian photographer. His photographs are included in the collections of major museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Museum of Modern Art, the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes (México), and the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile.

Goldchain was born in 1953 of Polish-Jewish heritage in Santiago, Chile and educated in Jerusalem, Israel before moving to Toronto. He earned a Master of Fine Arts at York University (2000) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photographic Studies at Ryerson University (1980). Read more

Isabelle Hayeur - Finalist

Juror's statement

2015 SPA jury member Catherine Bédard wrote - A disturbing strangeness animates the photographs of Isabelle Hayeur, all the more powerful because it is not imaginary but arises from our world, this vast waste ground, a no man’s land whose transformations and slow denaturations the artist explores. Read more


Isabelle Hayeur

Born in Montreal in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur is a digital image artist recognized for her large-sized photographic montages, her videos, and her site-specific installations, in which she highlights urban blights and sprawl, among a number of industrial society's pitfalls.

Hayeur's childhood in the Montreal suburb of Bois-des-Filion has had a lasting impact on her artistic practice. As in many peripheral towns in Quebec, and more generally in the industrialized world, the landscape there has been subject to perpetual transformation. In her works, she is interested in the state of those territories, altered as they are by the array of technology at man's disposal. Such powerful technical means reconstruct landscapes and, through a feedback effect, fashion human identity in turn. Read more