Susan Huber Photography | Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada.



Exhibitions

2017 Shootapallooza Print Invitational
  Parallel Art Exhibition, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC
  What is Nature, TILT Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2016 Lighbox Photographic Gallery, REMNANTS, ON THE EDGE OF AVANT-GARDE AND ANTIQUARIAN PHOTOGRAPHY, Astoria, OR
  Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, Easter Art Invitational
  PhotoPlace Gallery, In Celebration of Trees, juried by Tom Zetterstrom, Middlebury, VT
2015 Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC. Salt Spring National Art Prize, curated by Gagnon, Kalberg and Thomas. Winner: 'Best Local Artist.’
  PhotoPlace Gallery, Alternative Process, juried by Amy Holmes George, Middlebury, VT
2014 Au Jardin 2014, Alternative Photography Invitational, Victoria, BC
  Annual Exposure PhotoFestival, Elevation Place, Canmore, AB
2013 Members' Annual, Texas Photographic Society, New Braunfels, TX
  F 5.6 Alternative Processes, Claridge Gallery, Bellevue, WA
  Skipping Stones Relational Art, Robert Bateman Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC, Away, Way Off,  Victoria, BC
  Away Far Off, Prentice Gallery, Victoria
2012 Forgotten Places, Fernwood Road Cafe, Salt Spring Island
  Heavy Metal, Light Box Gallery, Astoria, OR, curated by Terry and Kathleen Thompson
  Blue Sky Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers Exhibition, Portland, OR, curated by Laura  Moya and Clint Willour.
2011 Forgotten Places/The Other Side at Luz Gallery, Victoria, BC
  Wetheads, Gallery of Fine Art, Satakunta University, Kaankanpää, Finland
  Forgotten Places, Atelier pH7, Brussels, Belgium
2010  High and Dry X, Texas Tech University, International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX, curated by Roy Flukinger
  Retrospective, Luz Gallery, Victoria B.C.
  Contest 2009, International Association of Panoramic Photographers, Valley Gallery, Spring Valley, MD
  Quiet Lands, Starfish Gallery, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
2009 SF Camerawork Benefit Auction, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
  High and Dry IX, Texas Tech University, International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX, curated by Dianne Griffin Gregory
  Photosynthesis, Artspring Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC
  A Million Little Pictures, ArtHouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2008 High and Dry VIII, Texas Tech University, International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX, curated by D. Clarke Evans
  My Land, My Home, Dales Gallery, Victoria, BC
2007 Creekside Rain Forest Fundraiser for Salt Spring Conservancy, ArtSpring Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC
  High and Dry VII, Texas Tech University, International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX, curated by Norman Mauskopf
  Contact 3, Contact Printer's Guild Group Exhibition, 422 Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
  Connection 3, Exposed,Disability Arts Festival, Joseph D. Carrier Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, curated by Stephen Bulger
  Contact 2, Contact Printer's Guild Group Exhibition, Camerawork, Portland, OR
  Contact 1, Contact Printer's Guild Group Exhibition, Viewpoint Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  Truth and Beauty with Linda Connor, George Tice and Michael Kenna, Point Light Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2006 Exposure 2006, Peter Whyte Gallery, Banff, Alberta, curated by Craig Richards
2005 High and Dry V, Texas Tech University, International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX, curated by Joel Salcido
  Fade To Black, Galleons Lap Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC
  Photosynthesis, ArtSpring Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC
  Quiet Lands, Gallery on Herald, Victoria, BC

2003-
2006

Alternative Photographic Processes, Travelling Exhibition to the Southeast USA, Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, TX, curated by Christopher James
2004 High and Dry IV, Texas Tech University International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX, curated by Patrick Nagatani
  Exhibition for the 20th Juried Exhibition at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON
  Quiet Lands, Toronto Photo Festival, Steamwhistle Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003

West Coast Artists Annual, Sooke Art Museum, Sooke, BC

2002  Essence of the Sea, Living Oceans Society Travelling Exhibition to promote Oceans Environments, Vancouver, BC
2000 Explorations, Gallery 1248, Victoria, BC
  Invitational, Rocky School of Photography Annual Exhibition, Missoula, MT

 

Awards & Accomplishments

2015 Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC. Salt Spring National Art Prize, curated by Gagnon, Kalberg and Thomas. Winner: 'Best Local Artist.’
  Salt Spring Arts Council Grant for the project, 'Swimmers of a Certain Age'
2011 Sally Mann Award by Joni Sternbach, Luz gallery, Victoria, BC
2009 Dorothea Lange- Paul Taylor Documentary Grant, Duke University, Durham, N.C., applicant
2008 Prix de la Photographie in Fine Art Landscape and Architecture, Paris, France (two awards)
2007 High and Dry VII, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  Featured on Chicago Albumen Works Website Gallery for use of Printing- Out Paper, Housatonic, MA along with Linda Connor
2006 Project Assistance Grant from British Columbia Arts Council, B.C. for Here We Pray
2005 High and Dry V, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
2004 High and Dry IV, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
2003 Resident at the Banff Centre of Arts, Banff, AB- mentor was Ernie Kroeger
2000 Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Missoula, MT
1997 Marilyn Winter Scholarship, Coupeville Arts Center, Whidbey Island, WA
1992 Ernst Haas Scholarship in Photography, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO- study with Mark Klett
1981 First Asilomar Conference in Photography, Pacific Grove, CA, workshop assistant for Robert Dawson, Kenda North and Jack Fulton
   


Press Releases

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lulu Press introduces New paperback version of, Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, which highlights the work of over 100 of today’s most active photographers, including Susan Huber, that are working with alternative processes.

RELEASE
Photographer Susan Huber's 'Grama Grasses' featured in the well regarded High and Dry VIII Juried Competition, International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

'Grama Grasses', by photographer Susan Huber, recent winner of two awards from the 2008 Prix de la Photographie in Paris, France for; 'My Land, My Home' and; 'Here We Pray' has won a spot in the High and Dry VIII juried competition at the International Cultural Center, held from December 5 to January 16, 2009.

High and Dry VIII is the eighth annual juried photographic exhibition of lands and peoples' relationships to the world's arid lands. This year's juror is D. Clarke Evans, director of the Texas Photographic Society based in San Antonio, TX.

The competition has attracted 150 photographers and over 590 prints.

'Grama Grasses' was photographed in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Brooks, Alberta, Canada in late spring. It was an unusually wet winter and the grasses had enough water to take up residence in a small area at the base of the Badlands where duck billed dinosaurs once roamed 75 millions ago.

Susan creates large format contact prints on printing- Out Paper (P.O.P). 'Grama Grasses' is also on P.O.P with a gold chloride toner added to maintain archival stability and colour.

Susan loves to photograph subtle lands, which she calls 'Quiet Lands', like the prairie landscapes where Grama Grasses grow, well-suited to a climate of strong winds, hot summers and drought like conditions. Susan's current project , 'The Only Things Left Standing', explores lands handed down through pioneer families based on her island, Salt Spring Island, B.C.. This project is featured in Dales Gallery, Victoria B.C. November 27 to December 24, 2008. Dales Gallery can be contacted at: www.DalesGallery.com.

Susan has exhibited in Australia, Europe and North America. Current projects, including 'Private Lands', are featured on her website, www.susanhuber.com and she can be contacted at: info@susanhuber.com.


SUSAN HUBER: HONOURABLE MENTIONS, PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE IN PARIS

Photographer Susan Huber has won two awards, both Honourable Mentions in the 2008 Px3 Prix de la Photographie in Paris, in the Fine Art Architecture category for her 'Here We Pray' series of photographs of rural Western Canadian churches and in the Fine Art Landscape category for her most recent series of foot journeys throughout Salt Spring Island titled 'My Land, My Home'.

The Prix de Photographie is an international competition which promotes the appreciation of photography, discovers emerging talent, and introduces photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs will be exhibited in Paris and will be published in the Px3 Annual Book.

The 2008 Px3 jurors included judges from the Library of Congress, U.S.A., Corriere della Sera, Italy, Time Magazine, The Book LA, Grazia Magazine, U.K., several Galleries in Paris, FR and Magnum, Paris, FR.

Susan's 'Here We Pray' series was funded in part by a 2006 Project Assistance Grant from the British Columbia Arts Council, one of the 16 awarded each year. More of Susan's photographs of rural churches, an ongoing project, will be exhibited this year in Victoria, B.C. "My Land, My Home' was viewed favourably by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, ON and by Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, DC last year. It is also an ongoing project, reflecting encroaching urbanism on primarily rural Salt Spring Island, where Susan resides. She will exhibit this series in Dales Gallery, Victoria, BC this year.

Susan is known for her large format contact printing on Printing-Out Paper, employing 19th century photography and processing techniques,which give an extraordinary wealth of tones and clarity to her photographs of disappearing Orthodox churches of Alberta and B.C. and the 'Quiet Lands', underappreciated subtle lands surrounding developing communities.

Susan has exhibited recently in the Carrier Gallery in Toronto, ON, ViewPoint Gallery, Sacto, CA, and the Point Light Gallery in Surry Hills , Australia. She has been a photographer since the age of eleven, Susan lives on Salt Spring Island, B.C. To see her photographs, or to contact Susan, visit her website: www.susanhuber.com.


HERE WE PRAY: Rural churches of Alberta and British Columbia Photo Project

Utilizing funds from the Project Assistance Grant, I traveled 18,000 kms in 2006 and 2007 to document the rural (primarily Orthodox) churches. Some of these churches are already being renovated for their 100th anniversaries, such as the Holy Trinity in Smoky Lake (2009) and St. Henry's in Hill Springs (2007). Many are being renovated by grassroots organizations, most notably the Dorothy Historical Society in Dorothy, Alberta. Many of these community associations, like the Dorothy Historical Society, are made up of the farmers in the area. Farmers as old as ninety-two years of age are proud to offer their time, general building skills, and limited funds to keep the churches from being abandoned. The associations realize that the government will not provide the funds needed in time to prevent further deterioration.


The weather in 2006 and 2007 demonstrated an extreme range of heat and humidity, with temperatures in excess of 42 degree celsius and humidity of 70-80%. This was unusual, and made working with two view cameras of 8 by 10 inch and 4 by 5 inch size difficult. I attempted to use the 4 by 5 inch camera using Polaroid instant film (negative- positive, Type 55 and the positive 54) and found the heat made the emulsion of the Polaroid film too soft to work with. I also learned that the Polaroid film for the 8 by 10 inch camera was difficult to acquire and the processors for field work needed consistent power. The hand cranked processors tended to provide inconsistent results.

In British Columbia, I found flooding in the northern churches and communities, due to late snowpack melting. I hope to re-visit and document that area at a later time.

My original intent was to hand over my Polaroid prints to the farming communities. This proved difficult, as most of the people were out in the fields and/or the caretakers were not present on the grounds except when doing maintenance. Many of the churches do not have regular Sunday services and some only have an annual service. I was able to find some of the caretakers when they observed me photographing the churches. I was welcomed graciously into their communities when I explained my purpose. I have since sent some of those communities a print of my Printing-Out Paper contact prints.

Prairie grain elevators have already disappeared, and so have some of our rural churches. On the whole, churches, no matter the denomination, will continue to be the spiritual refuge for the descendants of the original settlers of Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Romanian, Scandinavian and First Nations origins. So my short term goal is to contact the non-profit church associations/organizations with a view toward exhibiting my photographs of their magnificent yet humble structures. I believe such exhibitions would educate the public as to church locations and encourage tourism, which in turn may help generate funds to help continue maintenance. As well, I firmly believe we need to help younger generations become more interested in the history and architecture of their communities, and such a process would be a first step.

My long term goal is creation of a book portraying these rural churches, with maps and possibly music, which will also encourage families and travellers to explore the churches and the lands surrounding them. Besides stimulating a greater awareness of these fine structures , such a book will also help generate tourist dollars to enable church preservation. A copy of the book should be placed in central locations for public viewing. In Alberta, such a location would be the city of Mundare in Lamont County, where Orthodox worship is centered.

I want to thank the British Columbia Arts Council for providing me with the opportunity to document these disappearing rural churches. The funding has strengthened my purpose- to continue my photographic journeys towards spearheading preservation of a portion of Canadian history which is slowly being erased due to lack of funds and an aging population unable to maintain a great part of their history.


THE ROAD TO VANTAGE, High and Dry 2007 Photographic Exhibition Award Winner

Photographer Susan Huber, known for her stunning portrayals of North America's Quiet Lands, has been awarded an Honourable Mention for her photograph THE ROAD TO VANTAGE, entered in the 2007 "High and Dry" exhibition, sponsored by Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. "High and Dry 2007" is the seventh annual juried photographic exhibition of landscape and peoples of the world's dry lands . This year's juror was Sante Fe photographer Norman Mauskopf, and the exhibition features 80 images from Canadian and American photographers. Huber's prize winning photograph, THE ROAD TO VANTAGE, depicts an old trade route situated near the bridge over the Colmbia River and Gorge in Washington State, U. S. A. On a road trip with a friend, Huber was attracted to the old road , with its' quality of being suspended in time. With busy traffic wending its' way between Washington and Oregon over the bridge, the old road seemed to go nowhere, the tracks stopped dead, with the river and the bridge in the background.

Huber creates unique, large-format contact prints, like THE ROAD TO VANTAGE, to show us the lands and structures we are losing in our increasingly urbanized culture. Her photographs of prairies and Russo-Ukrainian churches, badlands, oceans, lakes, and rainforests have been displayed in international exhibitions and galleries such as the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Peter Whyte Gallery in Banff, Alberta, and the Point Light Gallery, Surry Hills (Sydney) Australia. A photographer since the age of eleven, Huber lives on Salt Spring Island , British Columbia, Canada. To see her photographs, or to contact Susan, visit her website : www.susanhuber.com.

"Norman projected your image during his talk and said that he really really liked it. As I recall, he said that the tire tracks leading to nowhere (or nowhere that the viewer can see, anyway) seemed both mysterious and ominous--creating tension and interest. He thought it was an elegant composition. Everyone agreed." ~ Jane Bell, Director of the International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.


News from Contact Printers Guild - December 2006
Photographers' Outings - Susan Huber


As announced in a past newsletter, Guild member Susan Huber was chosen for a photo project on rural churches of the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Following is a narrative on her experiences with this venture.

"Winning a 2006 Travel Project Assistance Grant from the British Columbia Council of Arts gave me a wonderful opportunity to document rural churches in B.C. and its neighboring province Alberta. Working with architecture was a departure from landscape for me. Covering 9,000 kms during 2005 and 2006 made me admire these humble churches representing local communities of Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Romanian and Aboriginal settlements. My travels took me from the extreme south of Alberta to near the North West Territories, and gave me an appreciation for the many styles of churches and their often-strategic location in the surrounding landscapes. Entering these churches transported me to another world, they so contrasted with their humble exteriors.

"Many communities' lives are intertwined with their churches. Some churches have a photographic history in the communal halls. I was able to visit a few of these when parishioners were on the nearby grounds performing maintenance. Even at abandoned churches, the grounds were immaculate. Many of the caretakers gave me oral histories and related current preservation efforts underway to maintain the importance of their churches.

"I was fortunate to have seen the excellent book In Plain View by Orest Semchishen, published by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The book's images stayed with me a long while; and on my annual journeys to the Prairies, I began to photograph other structures unrelated to those typical of the Badlands. In 2004, I made an appointment to meet Orest Semchishen in Edmonton. Orest's interest initially began while growing up near some of these churches and attending services. He was also able to visit many of them while working as a traveling radiologist. He was gracious in sharing his notes, giving me denominations of churches along with driving instructions to many of the most remote architectural jewels.

"Using Orest's notes and detailed range road (RR) and township (TWP) maps for the local regions, designed for the agricultural landholds, was the most helpful means of finding churches and cemeteries. I used some county maps, but found them lacking as they were out of date. Reading these maps accurately became a very necessary art, as one can quickly become lost. Sometimes, the road dead-ended and sometimes it was impassable due to heavy rain. The roads were all gravel and dirt, and the challenge of driving many hours each night and day to find my subjects became the most frustrating part of the project. Asking for instructions was usually impossible, as most farmers were in the far-away fields. Sometimes, I was lucky in seeing a dome shining in the sun or a hedge line of non-native trees alerting me to a nearby church.

"My goal was to track some of these churches, to document the changes to the exteriors revealing juxtapositions of other structures and landscapes crowded from technological changes. Some churches were relatively unchanged, some burnt down, and some moved due to lack of funds needed to care for them. I hope to continue to portray these structures as an important part of each community and to spark further restoration efforts by petitioning for Provincial Heritage Funds to preserve these churches for present and future generations."

For this project, Susan used a Phillips Explorer 8x10 camera with a Schneider 240 G- Claron lens, and Ilford HP5 developed in Pyro (Pyro-Cat). She prints in the sun on gold-toned Printing-Out-Paper (approximately 8x10) and on 8x10 Azo paper.

 

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Publications
 


Susan Huber's image, "Taylor Rest" from the pages of Köyhä Daguerrotyyppi
 

2013 Jill Enfield's Guide To Alternative Photographic Processes, Focus Press, NYC
2013 ARTICLE: Gulf Islands Driftwood: "Huber shares large-format passion" by Sean McIntyre, February 20, 2013
2012 Featured with Facebook group Women and Their Big Cameras in View Camera Magazine -  July/August Issue
  Köyhä Daguerrotyyppi (Poor Boy's Daguerotypes) written by Jalo Porkkala is published by Satakunta University, Kankaanpää, Finland.
2011 'Wetheads Exhibtion' at the Satakunta University, Kankaanpää, Finland
  AlternativePhotography.com paperback edition
2009 International Association of Panoramic Photographers, Panorama Magazine - Summer Issue, featured as one of four Women Artists, N.Y.
2008 Times-Colonist, Victoria and Saanich News, Saanich, BC
  PX3 Annual Book, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, FR
  Boulevard Magazine, Victoria, BC
2007 Creekside Fundraiser for Temperate Rainforest, Poster for Promo, ArtSpring Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC
2006 Book: Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition One. Published by Lulu Press, Stockholm, Sweden.
2005 Times-Colonist News, Victoria, BC
  Driftwood News, Salt Spring Island, BC
  Wegway Magazine, Steam Whistle Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Monday Magazine, Essence of the Sea, Victoria, BC
1999 Western Artists, Ellensburg News, WA
1986 Presentation Gallery Annual, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  Western Photographers, Poster - Promo for Marylhurst, OR