Among the Inuit
September 4, 2008
By Mike Landry
Following Inuit hunters for weeks on end, Vancouver-based photojournalist Robert Semeniuk was constantly cold, lived off of raw fat, and his face turned into one big scab. To re-spool his film took a number of mitten changes. Everything was slow. Everything was hard work.
Over the past 30 years Semenuik has ventured up north more than a dozen times to capture life in the arctic. Last year a collection of images from his travels were compiled in a book called Among the Inuit. He will show selected prints in Halifax and Vancouver.
“For me there’s no magic at taking good pictures. You take good picture by putting in your time,” says Semenuik. “Photography for me has always been a means to an end—a way to tell stories. I see myself more as a storyteller than as a journalist.”
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