1977 Born in Chicoutimi, QC, Canada
2009 Postdoctorate (SSHRC) - York University
2006 PhD - Université de Montréal
2001 MA - Université Laval
1999 BA - Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
I am a photographic artist and Associate Professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), where I am the Director of the Documentary Media MFA program. I am one of the founding members of Ryerson's Documentary Media Research Centre: http://www.docmediacentre.ca
As shown in the projects featured on this website, I am interested in exploring critical topography through urban photography and night photography. My projects purposefully combine various genres such as urban landscape, still life, architecture, and documentary to address the complex nature of any given place. The “Borderlands” series exemplifies how these various genres come together to represent life in the Lower Don River Valley.
Revalorizing night in fine art photography has been a major concern of mine over the past few years, as the “China by Night” and “After Hitchcock’s I Confess” series testify to. Very few photographers have devoted extended series to the nocturnal side of city life, and I use nighttime scenes as a way of revitalizing this neglected genre.
I embrace both analog and digital photography, shooting large and medium format film cameras and digital medium format and full frame cameras.
I can be reached at: lessard[at]ryerson[dot]ca