The 22nd annual volume of Scotia bank's prestigious series of annual photography monographs-Living at the Edge: Canada's Northwest Coast, by Lonnie Wishart was released at a gala event at the Museum of Northern BC on November 19.
The finely crafted art volumes of the Scotiabank series have featured many North American regions, provinces and states, and countries as diverse as Britain, West Africa and Indonesia. Books from the Scotiabank series are in the collections of libraries such as the National Library of Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, the Harry Randsom Collection at the University of Texas, the Arizona State University, and many other collections.
The tiny village of McAuley, Manitoba, lies so close to the Saskatchewan border that the family farm where Lonnie grew up straddled both provinces. In those days it was an even more isolated place than it is today, where the whole family learned to operate the heavy machinery, neighbours were leaned on as much as family, and work was a community endeavour. These old farming family connections to work, land and community still guide her vision and her day-to-day life.
From there Lonnie entered the media—in master control in TV news, coast-to-coast in radio, and in newspapers before moving to photography full-time in 1999.
Lonnie’s work has been featured in international newspapers and magazines—most recently with the cover of the February BC Shipping News—and she’s done many exhibits. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Northern BC, the Museum of Anthropology, the Royal BC Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.