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Bill Hertha is a Thornhill Ontario-based independent documentary photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Master of Fine Arts, Documentary Media from Ryerson University (Toronto). Bill’s areas of interest include migration, cultural change, and its relationship with Globalization and Localization; transgenerational issues, including matters related to trauma and memory. His current project, Manufactured Dreamscapes, explores the impact of globalization on culture through a metaphor of tourism. Work on this project is recorded in the blog.
His previous work, Denk Ich an Sonneberg (Remembering Sonneberg), first presented at the Ryerson Artspace, uses his family history over the last 100 years to chart the course of social change as a result of increasing mobility and globalization. Using food as a cultural marker, the work explores the ethnic and cultural shifts experienced over four generations, starting from mono-cultural roots in late 19th century Germany and moving to a 21st century North American family.
Previous exhibitions include a showing of his work Oh Canada at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a short film, Taxi Stories, at the opening of the Legacies 150 Exhibition co-presented with the NFB at Harbour Front Centre, both celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada.
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This site has been running since April 9, 1997. It started first as a webpage (1997), then a blog (2005) and most recently a portal (2012). The focus of the site has evolved to become a record of travels and photography, peppered with occasional comments and observations.
RUBIX: Showcasing Scholarly Research & Creative Innovation, from the Faculty of Communications and Design at Ryerson University (2018)
Here I presented the research context for my work, Denk Ich an Sonneberg
Denk Ich an Sonneberg (2018)
A multi-media installation shown at Ryerson Artspace exploring the long-term impact of migration.
"A Good Business; A Good Life" (2017)
Prepared in association with Beck Taxi, Harbourfront Centre, Canada 150, Ryerson University and the School of Image Arts, this film offers a window on one taxi driver's experience in coming to Canada.
Oh Canada (2017)
Using the national anthem as a conceptual framework, the work presents a series of images that correspond to passages is the song “Oh Canada.”
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