Culture Snap Photography features images by Henry VanderSpek. Whether in city streets of North America and Europe or the dusty roads of rural East Africa, Henry finds joy in capturing vibrant local atmospheres and bringing the viewer in to celebrate the many ways that go into making a full life.
Henry loves exploring cross-cultural understanding. Since living in Tunisia and studying Arabic in the early 1990s, he has worked on a documentary series about Canadian multiculturalism, served refugee claimants from around the world at Matthew House
, and has led cross-cultural training for a variety of groups. Henry worked with World Vision Canada's Advocacy & Education department for close to eight years (Sept 2004 - Aug 2012), coordinating a network of campus clubs and running a Youth Ambassador program for young leaders from Canada and East Africa.
Henry's photography training comes from workshops at Henry's Camera
, classes at Ryerson University, and from capturing images alongside experienced photographers in the field with World Vision. He currently volunteers for Toronto Habitat for Humanity's
Family Selection Committee and as an Event Photographer for the Evergreen Brickworks
. He lives in the wonderfully diverse city of Toronto with his wife and three children.
Henry's images can be found in various World Vision publications and websites (e.g their youth website
). He has also been published in several Canadian newspapers and on CNN.com
. In March 2012 he was awarded first prize in the category of "Joy" by Vistek Camera's 2012 Photo Competition for his image "Fullness of Life"
Henry is available for event photography, photojournalism, creative portraits, and is looking for interesting venues to display his work. He's a friendly guy so don't be shy - get in touch!
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