BIOGRAPHY

­Leslie Hossack’s fine art photographs have been exhibited across Canada from Vancouver to Newfoundland. Her images have appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Magazine, Galleries West, The Calgary Herald and Apollo in the UK. Her work is held in private collections at home and abroad, and in public collections including The City of Vancouver, The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum in Ottawa and The Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, BC.

Hossack has been recognized with many awards including the 2010 Ottawa Photography Festival Portfolio Award and the 2011 Applied Arts Award for Architectural Photography and Limited Edition Prints. In 2012, she was selected to participate in The Canadian Forces Artists Program and was deployed to Kosovo. In 2013, Hossack’s series Stalin’s Architectural Legacy won a top award for historic architecture in the ipa (International Photography Awards). And in 2015, Hossack was presented with an RBC Emerging Artist Finalist Award in Ottawa.

In 2016, her books TESTAMENT: Leslie Hossack in Kosovo (2015) and REGISTERED: The Japanese Canadian Experience During World War II (2015) were finalists in the A+ Photo Book competition sponsored by School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. First prize was awarded to REGISTERED. Her other books include CITIES OF STONE, PEOPLE OF DUST (2011), BERLIN STUDIEN (2011), CHARTING CHURCHILL: An Architectural Biography of Sir Winston Churchill (2016) and H-Hour, Normandy 1944 (2017).

The photographs featured in these books are part of Hossack’s larger body of work that explores: Hitler’s Berlin, Stalin’s Moscow, Churchill’s London, contested sites in Jerusalem, the NATO Headquarter Camp in Kosovo, buildings linked to the Japanese Canadian internment during WW II, the D-Day landing beaches and military cemeteries of Normandy, and Dr. Sigmund Freud’s pre-war Vienna.

Focusing on the built environment, and more recently on related archival documents, Hossack has completed major studies of iconic architecture in: Vancouver 2008-2011 and 2013-2014, Paris 2009, Berlin 2010, Jerusalem 2011, Moscow 2012, Kosovo 2013, London 2014, Normandy 2015 and Vienna 2016. Closer to home, her Ottawa work includes the vanished Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe and the Diefenbunker.

Works from Leslie Hossack’s photographic series have appeared in numerous exhibitions across the country, most recently in two solo shows in The Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museums in Calgary.

 

Public spaces, changing communities, and familiar items from previous generations fascinate me. I don’t live in the past, but I do feel a strong sense of time running through my photographs; I hear a narrative in every series and I see a story in every image.

I am drawn to iconic structures associated with major events of the last century. In fact, my entire body of work is held together by my interest in monumental structures built to convey status and wield power. I take great interest in researching the history of the locations and events that I explore, and the written descriptions that I compose form an integral part of my artistic practice.

My photographs are interpretive, not documentary. I am fascinated by what an architect creates when putting pencil to paper. My intention is to fashion an image that reveals what I imagine the architect originally designed, minus the chaos and clutter of contemporary life. I feel compelled to deconstruct the buildings – to take them back to the drawing board.

Whether I am photographing an iconic landmark, a massive construction site, or a vanishing community, my work continues to revolve around three major themes: inclusion and exclusion, change and continuity, longing and loss. Often this involves an exploration of the architecture of memory and commemoration. But underlying all of this is my insatiable search for meaning and an insistent examination of the singular question of simple human survival.

Leslie Hossack