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 (2001-2004), and has led cross-cultural training for a variety of groups. From 2004-2012 Henry worked in World Vision Canada's Advocacy & Education department equipping a national network of campus clubs and youth leaders, as well as Youth Ambassadors from Canada and East Africa.
Henry's photography training comes from courses at Ryerson University's Chang School, classes at Henry's School of Imaging, and from capturing images alongside experienced photographers in the field with World Vision. He volunteers for Toronto Habitat for Humanity's Family Selection Committee and as an Event Photographer for the Evergreen Brickworks. In August 2013 Henry went to Uganda wih Photographers Without Borders to document the work of the local NGO Raising Voices. (A big thanks to all who supported Henry's crowd-funding campaign through the CSI Catalyst website!) Those images are currently being shown across Canada thanks to the kind support of Vistek. More info on me, and my Vistek image galleries, can be found here.
Henry's images have been published in various World Vision publications and websites, in several Canadian newspapers as well as on TheGlobeandMail.com and 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". In May 2014, his image "The View From Here" won an award for "excellence in photographic art" at Ryerson's 14th annual Chang School Photo Exhibit. Seven of his Toronto street scene images are currently hanging in the Toronto City Hall office of Councillor Janet Davis. Each year Henry participates in a few outdoor art shows, such as the recent Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, and Danforth East Arts Fair.
Please click here to see a portfolio of Henry's published or recognized work.
Henry lives with his wife and three children in East York. He is available for event photography, photojournalism, and creative portraits, and is looking for interesting venues to display his work. To be informed of upcoming shows and events, follow him on Twitter or Facebook, or send an email to receive periodic email updates.
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