Feature Interview with Stephen Cooper in PhotoZoom Magazine:
Feature Interview with Stephen Cooper

 

Humber College Newspaper Et Cetera article on Stephen Cooper by Liz Caven:
Humber College Newspaper Et Cetera article

 

 

A brief look at this year’s Toronto Art Expo
by Issha Marie

 

Art expos tire me out. It is like speed-gallery-hopping; you hop from booth to booth making quick sweeps with your peepers, in a vain and ambitious effort to see and absorb as much as you can until you decide that you’ve acquired the most out of your time (and admission fee). These are not my favourite art functions to attend, but I tend to go to at least two or three of them every year (so expect entries later on in the year from my visits to The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, The Queen West Art Crawl, and/or The Toronto International Art Festival). That said, the theme I gathered from this year’s Toronto Art Expo seemed to center around the über kitsch.


Negative impressions aside, I did come across some stunning work. I even got to chat it up with a few artists who were more than willing to share their advice and trade secrets with emerging artists like myself and my friend Alex (who happened to accompany me to the show). My lengthy conversations with these well-established artists certainly made me feel like my admission fee did not go to waste entirely. The show consisted of mostly painters; I did not come across many photographers. When I finally happened upon Stephen Cooper’s booth, it was like taking in a breath of fresh air after having inhaled too much smoke. It is always so lovely to meet an established photographer who still works with traditional processes. His photographs are not only aesthetically pleasing; they also have depth. His masterful control of the Hasselblad is evident in his prints; you can feel the heat emanating from his Desert Ghosts series, for instance. His work is nothing short of mesmerizing.


He is extremely easy to approach as well; Alex and I spent quite a bit of time speaking with him at his booth. We talked cameras, we talked equipment, we talked techniques - it was a very pleasant conversation. One can definitely see just how passionate he is with his craft. Alex and I can certainly attest to the sense of kinship we felt towards Stephen - we are just as passionate as he is with our art-making process. He gave us invaluable advice on printing places we should check out, lenses we may or may not consider utilizing depending on the subjects we tend to photograph, and so much more. He even spoke of getting together a small photography collective centred on discovering and photographing unusual and off-the-beaten places. There was talk of a possible workshop too. Either would be amazing, and I will certainly be one of the first to sign up.


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