John Reeves

About the Artist

John Reeves was born in Burlington, Ontario, in 1938. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1961. Reeves is widely recognized as one of Canada’s finest photographers. His portraits have been featured in various publications documenting Canadian politicians, writers, musicians, actors and newsmakers, including Marshall McLuhan, Mordecai Richler, Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Reeves is also a freelance writer and broadcaster with a longstanding interest in Canada’s North and the  InuitInuit means “the people” in Inukititut, the language of the people of northern Canada. Go to http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/pr/info/info114_e.html for further information.  people. In 1999 he exhibited thirty years of his photos taken in Cape Dorset, Nunavut (before April 1, 1999, when Nunavut was established, Cape Dorset was part of the Northwest Territories). Walrus magazine recently published an article by Reeves about changing economic and social conditions in the North, and how  InuitInuit means “the people” in Inukititut, the language of the people of northern Canada. Go to http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/pr/info/info114_e.html for further information.  art is also changing.

Reeves’ work has been shown internationally, and is included in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and an associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2002 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications.

In 2003 Reeves donated a selection of his photographic work to the University of Saskatchewan Archives.


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