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Pamela Harris (photographer)

Pamela Harris (photographer)

Pamela Harris (born 1940) is a Canadian/American photographer.[1][2][3]

Early life

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Harris grew up in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Montana and California.[1] She studied English literature at Pomona College, receiving a BA degree in 1962. She moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to teach, where she became interested in photography.[4] Harris immigrated to Canada in 1967 and lives in Toronto.[3]


A self-taught photographer working primarily in black-and-white, Harris has focused on people in their environments, documenting a variety of communities--Newfoundland fishing villages, a community in Nunavut, her own extended family, the United Farmworkers Union, nannies, breast-cancer survivors and activist women across Canada. In 1972 and 1973 she photographed in Spence Bay, N.W.T. (now Taloyoak, Nunavut), work published as Another Way of Being. She also built a community darkroom in Taloyoak and taught darkroom skills to Inuit craftswomen who used it to document and promote their work. From 1985 to 1989 Harris photographed the grass-roots women's movement across Canada, pairing her portraits with text by the women portrayed. Faces of Feminism was widely exhibited across Canada and was published by 2nd Story Press in 1992.[5][6] Her work is included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario[3] and the National Gallery of Canada.[1]

Further reading

  • Harris, Pamela. Another Way of Being: Photographs of Spence Bay N.W.T. Toronto: Impressions, 1976.
  • Harris, Pamela. Faces of Feminism: Portraits of women across Canada. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1992.
  • Harris, Pamela. Hot, Cold, Shy, Bold Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995.


  1. "Pamela Harris". Archived from the original on 2019-05-04. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  2. Charles Bruce Sissons; Richard De Brisay (1993). The Canadian Forum. Survival Foundation.
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2019-05-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Turner Browne; Elaine Partnow (1 January 1983). Macmillan biographical encyclopedia of photographic artists & innovators. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-02-517500-6. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. National Archives of Canada; Lydia Foy; Peter Robertson (1993). Face À Face Avec L'histoire: Portraits Des Archives Nationales Du Canada. National Archives of Canada. ISBN 978-0-660-58026-5.
  6. Archivaria. Association of Canadian Archivists. 1995.

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