About taggart headshot photoJonathan Taggart is an award-winning documentary photographer and videographer, writer and sometime educator living on Coast Salish traditional territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. Uniquely blending visual narrative with elements of social inquiry, his work has as its central theme the movement of people through postcolonial space, towards isolated communities, and under remote economies.

His photographs and writing have been published internationally and across Canada, recently earning him a National Magazine Award nomination in Photojournalism for his photo essay ‘Salt & Earth’ in Brairpatch Magazine. In 2008 he was awarded a Scotiabank Scholarship to Magnum

Workshop Toronto, where he worked under the guidance of Canadian photojournalist Larry Towell. His exhibitions have been supported by the Arts Council of Ontario, have been profiled as “must-see” in Toronto’s CONTACT Photography Festival, and have been featured in Applied Arts Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life Magazine, and Mass Art Guide.

Jonathan is a founding member of Boreal Collective of Canadian documentary photographers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Photography from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Master of Arts in Intercultural & International Communication from Royal Roads University’s School of Communication and Culture, and is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability. He has taught documentary photography at Emily Carr and Royal Roads University and community-based photography to at-risk Aboriginal youth as a volunteer with Vancouver’s Urban Native Youth Association.

Clients & Collaborators

BC Business Magazine
Burnaby Board of Trade
Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table
Briarpatch Magazine
Canadian Businesses for Social Responsibility
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Geographic Magazine
Canucks Autism Network
Emily Carr University
Forestry Innovation Investment
Free the Children
In-SHUCK-ch Nation
Maytree Foundation
Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Royal Roads University
Spirit of the Children Foundation
University of British Columbia Community Learning Initiative
Urban Native Youth Association
Vancouver Foundation
Vancouver Magazine
The Wall Street Journal
Xa’xtsa (Douglas First Nation)

Awards & Nominations

Public Ethnography Award, Royal Roads University – Recipient, 2012
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Portofolio Review Exhibition Award – Recipient, 2011
Scotiabank Scholarship to Magnum Workshop Toronto – Recipient, 2008
Skills Canada National Gold Medal, Video Production – Recipient, 2003
National Magazine Award, Photojournalism – Nominee, 2010
Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Award – Nominee, 2008