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ABOUT RICK BOGACZ

BIOGRAPHY

For Toronto- based photographer Rick Bogacz, taking a minimalist approach has been key in developing his working style over the past several year.

 

"I want the viewer to be drawn to what is important. It's always more difficult to try and determine what needs to be taken out of the frame instead of what needs to be left in."

 

While he always had a passion for taking pictures, Rick decided after graduating

from Ryerson University's journalism program in 1981 that his career path would be more focused on the printed word. He became a newspaper reporter and spent a good chunk of his early years with the St. Catharines Standard when it was a family-owned newspaper dedicated to covering the Niagara Region.

 

However, after 13 years Rick decided it was time to acquire some formal photography training.

 

“I thought that if I was going to take the plunge, doing so at a younger age probably made the most sense."

 

Rick enrolled in the Creative Photography program at Humber College where he honed his technical proficiency. Upon graduation, he freelanced as a photojournalist combining his skills as a photographer and writer for clients across Southern Ontario.

 

The late 90s and 2000s saw his career path evolve in digital media. All the while though, he was taking photographs. More recently, Rick decided to rekindle his passion for fine art photography with a focus on black and white landscapes.

 

Combined with the Japanese philosophy of Ma - the celebration of the space between things – his goal is to evoke a calming esthetic that is both gentle and elegant. Negative space becomes as important to developing the image as the key subject matter itself.

 

“I do this to try and capture a sense of tranquility and peacefulness in a world that has experienced less of these attributes.”

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AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS

EXHIBITIONS

Shortlisted Artist

2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Motif Collective

(Jan 2023)

Feb. 2023

Black and White Athens Photography Festival

Blank Wall Gallery, Athens

Jan. 2023

Art is Virtual Exhibition

Kefi Gallery, Toronto

Honorable Mention

Prix de la Photographie de Paris

(August 2022)

Featured Artist

Noir Magazine

(September 2022)

Jan. 2023

Group Photography Show

Twist Gallery, Toronto

Featured Artist

Humana Obscura 

(Fall/Winter Edition 2022) 

Honorable Mention

Landscape Series

Monovision Photography Awards

(July 2022)

March 2023

Scene and Meaning Group Show

PH21 Gallery, Barcelona

June 2023

Summer Group Art Show

Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto

April 2023

Nourish Group Show

Cotton Factory, Hamilton, Ont. 

December 2022

End of Year Exhibition

Glasgow Gallery of Photography

Featured Artist, Salon Section

BNW Photography Magazine, UK

(July 2022) 

November 2022

Group Photo Exhibition

Trees and Water Exhibition 

Black Box Gallery, Portland

November 2022

Group Photo Exhibition

Black and White Juried Exhibition 

Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis

Featured Photographer, Fine Art

Noir Black and White Magazine, Issue #5

May 2022

Featured Artist

Al-Tiba9 Contemporary Art Magazine 

April 2022

November 2022

Black and White Photos in Athens

Group Exhibition 

Blank Wall Gallery, Athens

Honorable Mention

Wild Photo Awards

April 2022

May 2022

Group Photo Exhibition

Elaine Fleck Gallery - Toronto

April 2022

Group Black and White Photo Exhibition

Blank Wall Gallery - Athens

December 2021

Group Landscape Show

Praxis Gallery - Minneapolis

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