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Johan Hallberg-Campbell. Flatrock, Newfoundland, 2011.


January 16 - January 16, 2019

Johan Hallberg-Campbell

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein and Patrick Macaulay

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Johan Hallberg-Campbell travels to explore communities and what it means to belong. Hailing from the Scottish Highlands and living in Canada for more than ten years, he came to understand his own heritage and relationship to the coast while visiting family in Scalpay, a small fishing community in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. In 2010, he embarked on the first of many journeys to investigate Canada’s coastline, experience its beauty and its harshness, and capture life on the edge, where the land meets the sea.

Hallberg-Campbell began his journey in Newfoundland, where some outport towns now sit empty due to the cod stock collapse and fishery bans. He has ventured to the shores of Quebec, Manitoba, Nunavut and the North West Territories, and captured methods of fishing, hunting and travel, as well as industry and development. His sojourns have led him to First Nation communities in northern Ontario and British Columbia, where he focused on current lifestyles, traditional cultures, and the traces of colonialism. Hallberg-Campbell’s travels along the three oceans have been guided by countless people who share their experiences, and through these encounters he has crafted a visual narrative that extends across the country.

Coastal is a Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Organized by Harbourfront Centre and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.



Johan Hallberg-Campbell was born in the Highlands of Scotland and has been living and working in Canada since 2007. He holds a BA (Hons) from The Glasgow School of Art, and specializes in both photography and film. His diverse projects have been published, exhibited and screened internationally. Hallberg-Campbell is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts award for his ongoing project Coastal, which he is currently developing as a photobook.

As an award-winning freelance photographer, Hallberg-Campbell has been commissioned by numerous publications and institutions around the world. Clients include National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, the Canadian Red Cross, The WalrusDIE ZIET and The Guardian.

Hallberg-Campbell is also a photo editor for Raw View magazine and an independent curator. In venues including VII Gallery (New York) and Pikto Gallery (Toronto), he has curated 45 photographic exhibitions showcasing the work of Canadian and international photographers.

Hallberg-Campbell is a member of the Boreal Collective.


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