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As Toronto celebrates photography in the month of May during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Stephen Waddell was announced as the 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award winner at a gala at the Ryerson Image Centre. Waddell is the ninth winner of the honour.

The Scotiabank Photography Award was created to celebrate the creative vision and accomplishments of some of Canada’s most gifted photographers. With the award, Waddell will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition during the 2020 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and a book of his work published and distributed worldwide by publisher Steidl.

“Stephen Waddell is one of the very few Canadian artists who have been able to take the full measure of the contemporary photographic condition,” says Mark Lewis, artist and Scotiabank Photography Award jury member.

“Each of his carefully composed images addresses the idea of the photographic imagination and its hallucinations. When looking at Waddell’s photographs – and we look at them for a long time – we might wonder: are they decisive moments; are they staged; are they digitally composed; are they in fact aggregations? And if we are unable to determine which of these they are, well that is what keeps us looking.”

Born and raised in Vancouver, Stephen Waddell began his artist career in the early nineties. Waddell moved to Berlin in 1997, working there for a decade. His art initially focused on paintings before he turned towards a documentary approach to photography through filmmaking and other methods.

Since 2008, he has been living and working in Vancouver. He has taught at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design since 2010. He has published three books in Germany and Vancouver.

Join us in celebrating Waddell’s continuing career with some of our favourite selections of his work.

Stephen Waddell, Sunflower, Archival Pigment Print, 2018

Stephen Waddell, Big Room, Caveman Autoportrait, 2016, Silver Gelatin Print Mounted on Aluminum

Stephen Waddell, Kurfürsten Damm 225, 2006, Archival Pigment Print

Stephen Waddell, Chimney Sweep, 2003