Ottawa has a A LOT of talent. For a conservative Government town we are having an Artistic renaissance from all forms of expression. From rap, fashion, r&b, production, film and of course Photography! I say with full confidence that our city has the best photographers in Canada . In no particular order here is my list of 10 Photographers in this city REALLY REALLY doing work and putting us on the map.
- Wassim Farah (@wssm6)
In the space of hip hop no one trumps Wassim, a true inspiration and innovator. Shoots with Drake, Jorja Smith, Ski Mask the Slump God and Ottawa’s bubbling rap star Night Lovell Wassim’s work ethic and passion deserves respect! I personally love his edits and simplicity. His pictures make you feel something.
2. Dini (@the.visionary)
The definition of HUSTLE. Dini is one of those rare photographers that gained accidentally became great, if you get the chance ask him how he got in the game. His work ethic and drive has made him one of the most sought after shooters in the city. On top of that he is a strong Brand ambassador and a genuinely good guy.
3. Cassandra Even-Hen (@cleoflaneur)
Creativity! That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I look at Cassandra’s work. Certified hustler, she is one of the most innovative creators in the city (and Montreal too). Her work is eclectic like her personality! As one of my mentors she offered wisdom and genuinely cares about the art form. Big Ups Cleo, can’t wait for your next move!
One of the most experienced photographers on this list Fresh offers exactly what his name says. From top to bottom his work is fresh in a structured way! Consistency is his strong suit and being able to provide quality shoots with some of the most beautiful models in the city. Stay up Fresh!
5. Odunsi Oladimeji (@oladimeg)
As y’all have noticed I am pro-black and afro centric, Odunsi’s work speaks to me at that level. Featured in Afropunk for his series about Black women, it is clear that he is proud of his heritage and his people! Big respect to the young shooter.
6. Arnold Hamisi (@giftedvisions)
You know I have to stand up with my Africans! Arnold is one of the most talented individuals in this city, other than shooting he is a great christian rapper. His work behind the lens is creative and very professional. Check it out!
Bold is the first word that comes to mind when I think and look at Soul’s work. She brings a strong yet gentile touch to her pictures, usually following a narrative. Her consistency has led her to being one of the best in the city, check out her #Fokus series at Happy Goat.
Omnarayana is one of those photographers that sees the bigger picture before focusing on specifics. With a very minimalist style he gives a breath of fresh air in his shoots, definitely worth a look. Simple is best!
9. Andrew Kaikai (@andrew.kaikai)
One of the few architectural and landscape photographers on this list, Andrew presents amazing pictures that spark the question “where is that?”. He is able to find gems in the city and make them look great, a true talent.
Personally I believe that faces has some of the best edits in the city. People often forget that a big part of photography is editing and faces stands out! Portraits may seem easy on the surface but the way he/she does it is refreshing and unique.
A short list of other amazing shooters in the city!