Photo Essay

By Martin Weinhold

WorkSpace Canada “examines the individual choices people make in a society where most of us are bound to gainful employment.” Weinhold has taken 4,000 photographs from across Canada for this project, all of them shot in black and white. Many have been purchased by Library and Archives Canada. The photos here were all taken in Alberta.

Weinhold on his photography: “I want to document changes in the world of work. What are we doing when we work? What are the qualities of work and how do they relate to our most precious good, the given lifetime? I’m interested in the relation between the person and the respective work space. People are shaped by their environment. In the beginning very few people are crazy about being photographed, but when they see that my general idea is fuelled by respect for what they do and who they are, the attitude often changes. Here, it’s okay to be ‘just’ a truck driver.

Abella C. Garcia, in-home caregiver, Fort McMurray, November 2018.

Bruno Guay, steamer, Fort McKay, November 2018.

Bev Milne, administrative assistant, and Alcide (“Massey”) Boucher, elder, trapper (with dog “Buck”), Alberta Metis Local 1935, Fort McMurray, October 2018.

Shane Miller, range rider, community pasture near Buffalo, October 2011.


Robert Knight and Shayne Clarke, mechanics, Caribou Industrial Park, Fort McKay, November 2018.


Humans of Edmonton

Cordeiro wanders Edmonton’s roads, alleys and river valley, documenting stories of the less fortunate and showcasing a range of colour, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, creed and migration status. He only photographs people whose trust he earns. See more of his work on Humans of Edmonton Experience’s Facebook page.


Calgary’s Chinatown has been relocated twice—first in 1886, after a fire on Stephen Avenue destroyed half the neighbourhood, and again in 1910 when a CPR proposal to build a hotel in the vicinity of Chinatown forced residents to relocate.

Evidence of Habitation

“Evidence of Habitation” explores informal housing and homelessness in Edmonton. The project reveals the signs of individuals as they seek refuge in the interstitial spaces of the city. The photos document the physical and symbolic processes of place-making in wooded areas, ravines, alleyways and under bridges across the four seasons. The images ...