Live Auction

The RMG Exposed 2017 Live Auction lots are being curated by Charlotte Hale, curator, gallerist, and arts educator

"Each image has been carefully selected to provide our guests the unique opportunity to purchase an outstanding photograph, and support the gallery at the same time.  This year, as curator, I have chosen 10 photographers who are working with a variety of photographic processes, both traditional and contemporary.  Each photographer is producing exceptional images in their chosen genre that will make an excellent addition to any permanent collection, personal or corporate.  With you in mind, I have endeavoured to bring ten incredible images and purchase opportunities to the 2017 RMG Exposed – Out of This World event.

Start your collection.  Build your collection."

Charlotte Hale
Curator – Live Auction RMG Exposed 2017


Live auction bidding starts at $250. 


David Bastedo


David Bastedo is a superb and innovative image maker.  He has been the exclusive Tragically Hip photographer for many years and has joined them on their recent journeys.  He shoots with an eye for the unusual and produces evocative and powerful images.  This print is a special studio proof produced exclusively for the RMG Exposed Live Auction.

The Tragically Hip - Man Machine Poem Tour
16 x 21 on a 17 x 22 sheet.
100% Cotton Fibre
Plantine Archival paper
Satin Finish
Artist website.


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Horst Herget

In his work as a professional photographer for corporate, commercial and editorial clients in Toronto for over fifteen years, Horst consistently finds himself seeking out opportunities to stay connected to the artistic aspects of his craft. With wet plate photography, Horst has found a process that is thoughtful and deliberate, and keenly focuses both the photographer and subject on creating a compelling and genuine portrait. Dating back to the 1850s, this early photographic process resist perfection: the anomalies in the chemistry, the vagaries arising from the manual pouring of solutions, and numerous environmental factors imbue each portrait with a distinct visual fingerprint. While digital photography offers precision and efficiency, Horst finds that this medium offers depth and beauty in portraits found nowhere else. These portraits transcend digital perfection, affording both the photographer and his subject a more personal and human experience.

La Petite Odalisque
Horst Herget
Limited edition 1/3
Platinum print from tintype
6" x 7.5"
Artist website.

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Ed Freeman

Ed Freeman’s early career was in the music industry; he performed as a folk guitarist and classical lutenist, worked as a road manager on the last Beatles’ tour, played guitar on dozens of pop recordings, wrote orchestral arrangements for artists including Carly Simon and Cher, produced and arranged over two dozen albums, including Don McLean’s American Pie.

After a mid-life career change, he now creates commercial and fine art photographs that have been featured in hundreds of publications. Two books of his computer-enhanced images have been published. His architectural series - Desert Realty and Urban Realty - have been the subject of touring museums shows. Prints of his fine art images are in the permanent collections of several American museums and private collections world-wide.

These days Freeman travels the world taking pictures, teaches Photoshop, still plays piano, is fighting a losing battle to learn Mandarin Chinese and swears mightily that he will write the Great American Symphony one day - whenever he gets some spare time.

El Morocco Motel, Bakerfield, CA
15 x 15"
Artist website.

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Vitas Luckus

Vitas Luckus (1943-1987) is one of the most significant Lithuanian photography artists of the second half of the 20th century. In his work Luckus bridged tradition and the avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism. Along with Antanas Sutkus and other peers, Luckus founded the base for the Lithuanian photography school. In original expression he greatly expanded the boundaries of the prevailing aesthetics in photography. Luckus worked both in artistic and applied photography: he was one of the most innovative creators of fashion and advertising photography.

In Vitas’ images, we are given an intimate view of the life of the common man under Soviet rule and we become keenly aware of the humanity that we share. Along with his partner and muse, Tanya, Vitas fully embraced a visual life. He left a formidable and inspirational body of images that are finally now being exhibited. Two recent publications, Biography and Works, won gold medals in Arles, France and the documentary film “Master & Tatyana” continues to collect awards internationally.

Vitas’ work is held in the Pushkin Museum, The Modern Art Center, The Lewben Foundation and in private collections around the world.  This donation was made possible by Tanya Luckiene-Aldag. 

Manhood - from Impressions series 1958-1986
Archival ink on paper from original negative
3/9 signed by Tanya Luckiene.


Stephanie Foden

Stephanie Foden is a documentary photographer based in Salvador, Brazil and Toronto, Canada. With humans and their emotional connections to places as her main scope, Stephanie’s work concocts travel and photojournalism with a deep, delicate sense of intimacy and mystery.

Stephanie’s photographs have been exhibited at galleries and museums across the globe, including the Birmingham Museum and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery in the UK, Despensa Pampa in Argentina and the National Arts Centre in Canada.  

In 2016, Stephanie won the Emerging Photographer Award at RMG Exposed, which earned her a solo exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. In 2017, she was selected by Photo Boite as one of their 30 Under 30 women photographers. Her portrait of a Native American family taken on commission for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s initiative, The Development Set, won the American Experience category in the 14th annual Smithsonian Magazine photo contest.

Northern Sky
18" x 12"
Artist website.


Whitney Lewis-Smith

Whitney Lewis-Smith is a Canadian photo-based artist. Her work uses a combination of historic and modern photographic processes to speak on contemporary topics, such as consumerism, commodity accessibility, and globalization’s impact on the environment. By referencing dutch golden era floral tableaus, Whitney highlights the evolution of humanity’s relationship with the planet. Her seemingly living scenes are made predominantly using insects, animals, and plants that have died, but this only becomes apparent upon close inspection. The result is a subtle tension, engaging the viewer’s fascinations and fears. Lewis-Smith's pieces evoke childlike curiosity while simultaneously directing us to consider the profound environmental changes we are giving rise to.

Lewis-Smith works predominantly in Canada. She attended the Studio Arts program at Concordia University where her focus was in painting and drawing. She completed her photographic education at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa and has shown in galleries in Canada and abroad. In 2014, Lewis-Smith was awarded a one-month production residency at the Arquetopia Foundation for the Arts in Mexico. Her work sits in prominent private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Spain, Mexico, and Chile, as well as in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery of New Brunswick and the Ottawa City’s Public Art collections of 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Most recently Whitney’s work was purchased by Justin and Sophie Trudeau as part of their personal collection.

Monster, 2014
32" x 38" dry plate photograph 


Rex Frost

Rex Frost was President of the Toronto Camera Club for two years, and served as Canadian Director of the Photographic Society of America for five years. Frost also broadcast a weekly program on photography called “Camera Club of the Air,” wrote a weekly photography column, “Taking Photographs” for The Globe and Mail, and was photo editor for Rod and Gun. Frost’s career is exemplary for his dedication to disseminating the period’s ideas of photography to a larger public, and producing quality images and prints that expressed popularized concepts of modernist trends in art.


Rex Frost
High Noon, circa 1950
14 1/2 x 18 inch, Gelatin silver print
Signed, titled, and annotated, “FPSA, ARPS”, in pencil, au board recto


A donation from the personal collection of Stephen Bulger


Neil Newton

Neil Newton was born in Montreal in 1933 and raised in Ontario. He studied at St. Martin’s School of Art in London England and began his illustrious career at McMichael Studio where he learned portrait, commercial and industrial photography. Neil worked for CHUM Radio taking shots of DJs and visiting bands (notably the Beatles on their first trip to Toronto in 64). His work could be found on many record album covers in the 60s.

Around 1970, Newton bought a small farm at Regional Rd 57 outside of Toronto in Durham Region. He took a series of photographs documenting rural life in the Tyrone, Enniskillen, Haydon and Hampton areas. The prints perfectly captured the characters and life in the area at that time. They toured Canada as part of a joint project by the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Canada Council. The exhibition then journeyed to England and Sweden. Two photographs in the series are now housed in the National Gallery Collection in Ottawa. The original series can still be viewed in Tyrone where they have recently been archived. Neil is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and The original series can still be viewed in Tyrone where they have recently been archived. Neil is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and continues to pursue his passion of image making

Clarence DeVries Delivering Milk - The Tyrone series
Edition 1/1   1971/2014 from original film negative


George Whiteside

George Whiteside’s post secondary education has included
Sheridan College and Ontario College of Art and Design. He had
some very successful shows even as a student and after graduating from OCAD in 1979, he started his career as an artist exhibiting regularly in galleries across Canada and internationally. Also in 1979 he was a founding member of YYZ gallery, an artist run center that still thrives today. This was followed by solo shows at Jane Corkin Gallery, Spin Gallery and most recently Fred Torres Gallery in N.Y. as well as group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Power Plant, Stephen Bulger Gallery and recently at the Waterfall Mansion in N.Y. to name a few. He is in the permanent collection of the AGO, Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

By 1981 commercial work began taking up the majority of his time, contributing to every major magazine in Canada as well as Interview, Esquire, Vogue, Texas Monthly and Gourmet in the U.S. He has also shot major ad campaigns for Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Eatons, Jacob, Roots, Indigo, the Royal Ontario Museum and many more, as well as a commissioned art series for Ikea.

Commissioned portraits include Natasha Richardson, Julian Schnabel, Atom Egoyan, Sarah Polley, Margaret Atwood, K.D. Lang, Rush, Bruce Cockburn, Genie Bouchard, Karim Rashid, Jamie Oliver, David Byrne etc. His work has been recognized with more than 30 awards from the National Magazine Awards, Applied Arts Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, Society of Publication Designers and Art Directors Club. Since 2009 the focus has returned to the fine art world.

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Elizabeth Siegfried

Known for her work in portraiture, meditative landscapes and photographic narrative, Elizabeth Siegfried worked with the historical process of platinum for over twenty-five years and has exhibited her images in Canada, the US, Italy, Germany, Japan and Mexico. Today, photographing with the same sophisticated eye, Siegfried works with digital capture and explores the expression of colour.

Siegfried’s photographs have been reproduced and discussed in such publications as Black & White Magazine, Cottage Life, Shadow and Light Magazine and SHOTS magazine. In 2016, The Canadian Broadcasting Company launched CIRCUS! a video on Siegfried and the cross-generational collaboration with her grandmother.

Siegfried’s work is represented in many private and public collections, including the Aaron Copland House in Cortlandt Manor, New York; Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan; Alliance Française de Toronto Collection, Toronto, Ontario; the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; and the Peter E. Palmquest Women in Photography International Archive held at the Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Artist website.