About Grant Black


Me on the MV International


I'm a location photographer working in the tradition of a photojournalist working in South-Western Ontario from my base in Amherstburg, Ontario, an historic town just outside Windsor and across the river from Detroit.

I was a staff photographer, chief photographer and photo editor during my newspaper career as well as a freelancer, shooting editorial assignments for major newspapers and magazines. I also shot stock and did corporate photography. I’ve participated in several book projects including: A Day in the Life of Canada, Share the Flame, The Jews in America, A Day in the Life of the NHL, Chinook Centre: A City Within a City and PhotoSensitive’s The Fuel of Life, Energy in the 21st Century. I've covered assignments in Canada, The United States, Central America and Europe.

I‘ve won my share of awards including a couple from the Society of News Design. I was named the Western Canadian News Photographer’s Association Photographer of the Year in 2001. 

I’ve done scores of presentations and workshops for journalism students, community newspaper reporters and fellow professional photographers. (See the Workshops section of this web site.) I’ve also held several leadership roles in three news photographer’s organizations.  

In my down time I downhill and cross country ski, ride my bicycle, canoe, camp and scuba dive.

My CV (for those who suffer from insomnia).

Publications and Freelance Work

2012 to present – Freelance photography for nation newspapers and local magazines.

2011 - Contributing photographer, PhotoSensitive’s The Fuel of Life, Energy in the 21st Century Project. 

2011 - Curriculum development for SAIT photojournalism program courses 325 and 355.

2009 - Chinook Centre: A City Within a City. By Monica Zurowski. Photography by Grant Black. 

1996 - Contributing photographer, A Day in the Life of the NHL. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.  

1995 - Canadian Geographic Magazine, July/August 1995 “Flight to freedom on the Underground Railroad.” Photography by Grant Black.

1988 - Contributing photographer, Share the Flame, The Official Book of the 1988 Olympic Torch Relay. Whitecap Books Ltd. 

1988 – 1999 - Stock photography represented by First Light Associated Photographers and assignment photography for editorial, annual report and corporate clients. Stock photography published in Newsweek, Canadian Geographic and Equinox.

1984 - Contributing photographer, A Day in the Life of Canada. By Rick Smolen. Collins Publishers Ltd. 

1978 – 1999 - Freelance editorial photography for publications including Maclean’s Magazine, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Dogs in Canada. 

 

Work Experience

2016 – Photo Manager for FINA's World 25-metre Swim Championships. 

2015 – Photo Venue Manager for Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games.

2008 – 2012 Chief Photographer, The Calgary Herald.

Duties: Supervise photographers and photo desk staff. Administrative work including scheduling, budgeting, planning, coaching staff and quality control. Member of the Postmedia photo editing team for Grey Cup games in Calgary in 2009 and Edmonton in 2010. 

2000 – 2008 Senior Photographer, The Calgary Herald. 

Coverage highlights: 2000 Grey Cup, 2002 Winter Olympic Games, 2004 Stanley Cup finals, 2005 Royal Tour, 2005 Mayerthorpe tragedy, 2008 Provincial election, 2005 and 2007 Our Alberta Magazines, 2008 David Thompson Brigade.

1994 – 2000 Photo Editor, The Windsor Star. 

Duties: Supervise photo and photo desk staff. Led two redesigns of the paper. Worked on project team to launch innovative statistical reporting pages, zoned coverage of community news and weekly entertainment magazine. Launched The Windsor Star’s first web site. Member of Southam national committee on copy desk workflow and training.

1978 – 1994 Staff Photographer, The Windsor Star. 

Coverage highlights: 1980 Republican National Convention, 1982 Mississauga train derailment, 1984 and 1988 Detroit Tiger pennant runs, 1986 visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Detroit, 1987 visit by Pope John-Paul II to Detroit. 

 

Awards

2011 - Award of Excellence, Photography Illustration, Society of News Design Annual Creative Competition.

2005 - Award of Excellence, Feature Photography, Society of News Design Annual Creative Competition.

2003 - Western Canadian News Photographers’ Association Feature Picture of the Year.

2001 - Western Canadian News Photographers’ Association Photographer of the Year.

2000 - Diver of the Year, South Shore Scuba Club, Kingsville, Ontario. 

1999 - Director’s Achievement Award, Save Ontario Shipwrecks. 

1993 - First, Editorial Illustration, Pictures of the Year, Ontario News Photographers’ Association.

1993 - First, Pictorial Photography, Pictures of the Year, Ontario News Photographers’ Association.

1993 - Runner-up, Photography Portfolio, Western Ontario Newspaper Awards.

1992 - Runner-up, Sports Photography, Western Ontario Newspaper Awards.

1990 - First, Editorial Illustration, Pictures of the Year, Ontario News Photographers’ Association.

 

Presentations

January 2014 - Gave three workshops ("Picture Thinking: A Visual Approach to Routine Assignments", “Photojournalism: Pushing Past the Routine” and  “Smarten Up Your Smart Phone Photography”) at the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association annual convention in Calgary, Alberta. 

November 2013 - Location lighting workshop to Photojournalism students at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta.

October 2013 - Panelist, Career LIVEbrary event at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

March 2013 - Workshop on environmental portraits to Photojournalism students at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta.

March 2013 - Presentation to Journalism student, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. 

March 2012 - Presentation to Journalism students, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta.

February 2012 - Panelist, Will It Wrk 4 U Creative Arts Industry Panel, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

February 2012 - Photography workshops: Getting More from your Simple Camera, A Visual Approach to Routine Assignments and Pushing Past the Routine. Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association Symposium, Calgary, Alberta.

November 2011 - Presentation to Photography students, Lester B. Pearson High School, Calgary, Alberta.

February 2011 - Panelist, The Future of Photography, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta.

October 2010 - 30 years of Photojournalism with Grant Black. Digital Photography Expo, Calgary, Alberta

March 2010 - Presentation to ACAD Photography students, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta

April 2007 - Community Photojournalism Workshop, News Photographers’ Association of Canada Convention, Vancouver, BC.

May 2006 - Community Photojournalism Workshop, News Photographers’ Association of Canada Convention, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

May 2005 - Presentation, Professional Photographers of Canada Convention, Calgary, Alberta. 

April 2004 - Community Photojournalism Workshop, Cariboo Press Conference. Williams Lake, BC. 

May 2002 - Presentation, Western Canadian News Photographers’ Association Convention. Edmonton, Alberta.

October 2000 - Shipwrecks of the Pelee Passage, Great Lakes Historical Society Convention, Amherstburg, Ontario.

April 1999 - Shipwrecks of the Pelee Passage, Lake Erie at the Millennium conference, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.

February 1999 - Shipwrecks of the Pelee Passage. Ford Seahorses Dive Show, Dearborn, Michigan.

January 1999 - Community Photojournalism Presentation, Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Convention, Calgary, Alberta.

 

Leadership

2012 - 2014 and 2002 - 2010 - Board of Directors, Fish Creek Ridge One Condominium Corporation

2009 – 2012 - Member, SAIT Journalism Advisory Committee

2003 – 2007 - Sponsorship and trade show co-coordinator, Western Canadian News Photographers’ Association 

1998 – 2000 - Editor, Save Ontario Shipwrecks quarterly newsletter

1997 - Co-chair, Ontario News Photographers’ Association Seminar, Windsor, Ontario

1990 – 1991 - President, Ontario News Photographers’ Association

1990 – 1999 - Member, Loyalist College Photojournalism Advisory Committee

1990 – 2000 - Vice-president, Save Ontario Shipwrecks Windsor Chapter

1979 – 1995 - Faculty member and member of the board of directors of The Loyalist Photography Workshop. Have served on the staff of ten workshops. 

1978 – 1984 and 1992 - 1996 - Editor, Newsviews, the newsletter of the Ontario News Photographers’ Association