Leslie Gale Saunders

About the Artist

An important difference between a good photographer and a mediocre one is that the former understands the necessity of shooting a lot of film in order to get a few good photographs.
--Okamoto Shoshi in conversation with Philip Charrier, Shinjuku, 15 November, 2007 (translated from Japanese by Philip Charrier)

Dr. Saunders was born in the United Kingdom in 1895 and moved to Canada with his family as a teenager. Saunders made his career as an academic and a biologist, receiving degrees from Truro Agricultural College (now part of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, Nova Scotia), McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, and Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. But Saunders, like Stewart Brown (whose work can be found in the Structures theme on the ARTSask website), used his knowledge of scientific principles to pursue his other passion of photography.

While Saunders made works in other  mediaAny material and technique used to produce a work of art (paint, glass, clay, fibre, video, sound, etc.). It may also refer to the liquid with which powdered pigments are mixed to make paint. Note that the plural form of “medium” is “media.”  such as watercolour, his photographs are his chief artistic legacy. The number and quality of his photographic works suggest that he was not only dedicated to photography as a medium of expression but also that he possessed a natural facility for the medium. He experimented with a range of subjects and methodologies; his extensive travel to Africa, Asia, and Europe provided him with opportunities to capture the world on film, while his playfulness with his medium resulted in the strange, constructed compositions seen here.

Saunders was committed to his community, not only as a member of the Saskatoon Camera Club and as President of the Saskatoon Arts Association, but also by maintaining an international presence, exhibiting internationally and joining the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1938.

Leslie Gale Saunders passed away in 1968.


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