News Release

REF NO.: 105

SUBJECT: Memorial University and Tamarack Camera Club Seeking Photographers for Humans of Labrador Project

DATE: June 23, 2017

A Labrador-based project is looking for photographers to share their pictures of the people of “the big land.”

As part of a Canada 150 foundation grant, Memorial’s Labrador Institute has partnered with the Tamarack Camera Club, based in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, and the Newfoundland Quarterly to bring the people, stories, and photographers of Labrador to a larger provincial audience. Titled The Humans of Labrador, the project’s goal is to open eyes and conversations, and to connect the pictures and stories of Labrador to the shared story of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Inspired by the world-famous Humans of New York blog, each photograph will be accompanied by a short narrative about the person in the photograph. The work will be published on both the Labrador Institute and Tamarack Camera Club websites, and a selection of the portraits will be published on the Newfoundland Quarterly website

as part of the recurring Portraits of Labrador feature.

“It’s so important that images from around Labrador are shared, both locally, but also in spaces meant to reflect the broader culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, such as the Quarterly,” said Martha MacDonald, associate director, Labrador Institute. “These faces and stories are part of who we are.”

For the Newfoundland Quarterly, this partnership is part of the magazine’s commitment to telling and sharing the province’s diverse stories online and in print.

“We want to see more writing and more visual art from Labrador in the magazine,” said Michelle Porter, business manager and digital editor, Newfoundland Quarterly. “These photographs are an essential part of the story of Newfoundland and Labrador and I can’t wait to see more.” She says that a selection of the photographs will be published online throughout the rest of the year. Two have already been published on the website under the theme Portraits of Labrador.

The partnership is currently inviting photographers from all over Labrador to get involved.

“This is a great opportunity for photographers to practise their art and have it displayed in the Quarterly’s online magazine as well as in a permanent exhibition,” said John Graham, treasurer, Tamarack Camera Club. “We are very excited to see the work inspired by the project.” All submissions should include a photo and a brief story to accompany the image. Visit the Tamarack Camera Club website for more information and follow the project by joining the club’s Facebook page.

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