Live Auction

The RMG Exposed 2018 Live Auction lots are being curated by Charlotte Hale, curator, gallerist, and arts educator

Charlotte has chosen work from 10 photographers who are working with a variety of photographic processes, both traditional and contemporary.  Check back soon to preview the Live Auction lots.

Live Auction bidding starts at $250. All Live Auction lots are framed. 

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Michael Levin

Michael Levin, Meoto Iwa, Futami, Japan 2006
C-print #8 of an edition of 15, size 15”x15”
signed by the photographer 2006

Donated from a private collection

Michael Levin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967. It was when he moved to Vancouver that he became engaged with the potential for landscape photography. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Nature Photographer of the Year at the 2006 International Photography Awards in New York City, as well as, Fine Art Photographer of the Year at the PX3 (Prix de la Photographie) awards in Paris, France in both 2007 and 2009. His work has been featured in Black & White Photography Magazine (2005 & 2008), Focus Fine Art (2006), Shots Magazine (2009), Silvershotz Magazine (2009), and B&W Magazine (2009 & 2010). Levin is represented by galleries in North America and Europe. His debut monograph Zebrato (2005) is in its third printing.

Leif Petersen

Heavenly Reflection

Leif Petersen has enjoyed photography for over 30 years and is very involved in the Durham Region and GTA photographic communities. He has been a member of the Oshawa Camera Club for 10 years and began his second 2 year term as President in September. He is the Vice-President of the Ontario Council of Camera Clubs and Treasurer of the Toronto Focal Forum, a diverse group of photographic print makers from around the GTA.

Leif travels extensively and his portfolio includes a wide range of subjects. He prints, matts and frames his own photographs and offers these services to other photographers and artists. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise by offering various workshops and photography tours. You can view Leif’s photographs at various venues throughout Durham Region.


Irena Hauck

Spytkowo, 1978
11.5” x 14.5”, printed on Canson, satin Barita paper

Irena Hauck is a photojournalist who began by documenting rural life in the northeast region of Poland. After graduating in Photography and Film studies in Poland,Hauck worked at cultural centres, managing photography workshops and photographic excursions for young artists and well known Polish photographers.

Hauck’s strong desire was to uncover deep emotions in fleeting moments, expressions of joy and sorrow in a seemingly ordinary day. Her vision was more instinctive than technical. She found her subjects in remote country villages, in dark corridors of a nursing facility or at a train station during a hunger strike. Irena always took the time to develop relationships with people in their environment in order to capture the emotional essence of their situation.

In 1977, an invitation to join the Polish Young Photojournalists Association based in Warsaw resulted in many opportunities and shortly after, accepted a position as a full time photojournalist for a weekly magazine under the direction of Sławek Biegański, a cult figure for Polish photojournalists of the era.

As part of one of the best photographic teams in the country, Hauck found that documenting the real state of affairs often ran counter to the political current of the times. As a result, much of her critical documentary work was censored. However, her images have subsequently been displayed in exhibitions in Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Canada. Most notably, a number of her photographs were included in the “She - Documentalist” exhibition, which was a major undertaking featuring Polish female photojournalists of the last century. The exhibit was hosted by The National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland in 2008.

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Ryan Van Der Hout

Welcome Home
20"x20" Framed in white to 23.5" x 23.5" 2015
Unique edition 1 of 20 in this size signed in verso
Hand etched chromogenic print

Van Der Hout’s body of work entitled "Creative Destruction" explores ideas of modernization, progress, and loss by etching into the surface of photographs from the Toronto archives. Working with images from 1890-1916, a period of Toronto’s history representing rapid modernization, Van Der Hout physically strips away portions of the chemical emulsion to create marks that veil, alter, or erase the past. Stripping the paper is a process of creation and destruction: it reveals untapped chemicals in the paper itself, while simultaneously altering it permanently.

Welcome Home was an early electric sign put up on Old City Hall Toronto to welcome home the troops from the Boer War.

Juan Borja

After finishing school, Juan studied Sciences with a specialty in Biology at the National Agrarian University la Molina in Perú. At the same time he undertook his studies in photography. His interest for it began in childhood when near his home, he could see the remains of the Courret archive, which in the 19th century was the most important photography studio in Lima.

He is passionate about working with photography, not only as an art but also as a document in which the historical record of a moment remains. He is working with digital and alternative processes for printing. His inspiration comes from photographers such as Juan Rulfo, Blossfeldt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo and the mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, as well as religious art, especially the Andean Baroque, and Japanese art. As for Peruvian artists, his great reference is the Vargas brothers from the south of Perú.

He is currently in the printing process of a handmade book of his botanical series. His work has been shown and published in different places. He is represented by Simons Gallery.

Bob Carnie

Dress 2, 16” x 20”, duo tone gum dichromate

Bob Carnie is a Toronto-based photographer with an international reputation for printing traditional and digital fine art for acclaimed photographers, galleries and museums. Being most in his element while working in the darkroom, Carnie maintains a hands-on approach that fuels his passion for photography.

Since graduating from the Fanshawe College photography program in 1976, Bob has worked as a photographic printer. Throughout his professional career he has printed for a wide variety of clients, including printing personal portfolios, private collections, gallery exhibitions and museum installations.

Christine Fitzgerald

Setophaga petechia, 2017, 28” x 34” (framed)

Christine Fitzgerald is an award-winning fine art photographer from Ottawa, Canada. Christine has always been captivated with the natural environment. Her fascination began in her childhood growing up in a small town in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, and has never abated. Much of her work deals with the fragile relationship between humans and nature, and the tension that this relationship inevitably creates. Her images are produced intuitively using digital and vintage large format cameras and lenses, often integrating historical and modern photographic tools and processes. Christine has degrees from Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and completed the diploma program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. She recently completed an artist residency at the Ottawa School of Art and was an invited artist in residence in print media, at York University’s School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Christine has won numerous awards including the 2016 International Fine Art Photographer of the Year from the Lucie Foundation and was a category winner of the 2017 International Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers. She was one of 15 visual artists selected for the epic Canada C3 Expedition on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Her work has been showcased in exhibits around the world including Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, and has been featured by The Washington Post, CBC, Black+White Photography Magazine, UK and PhotoEd Magazine.


Philip Jessup

Iceberg, 2017, 16”x20”

Philip Jessup’s body of work reflects decades of professional activity advocating low carbon economies in world cities, including Toronto where he served as executive director of the City’s climate agency for nine years. Realizing that photography can deepen public awareness of climate threats to the planet, since 2007 he is has documented the beauty and fragility of significant landscapes — currently coastal marshlands and low lying islands — that we can save from climate change if we take the right steps.

Phil has exhibited his work in Toronto, Montréal, London, U.K., Washington DC, Louisville, and New Orleans. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London recently selected a large cibachrome print, Flooded Tree (2005), for its seminal retrospective, Into the Woods: Trees in Photography. The V&A and several international corporations collect his work. He won a Bronze Medal for an image, Snake Grass, at the Royal Photographic Society’s 148th international competition in 2005.

Sea level rise is accelerating, according to a recent U.S. National Academy of Sciences report. Seas could rise three-to-five feet by 2100, inundating many of these low-lying coastal marshland areas. Climate change is also stressing inland marshes like Minesing, causing substantial die off of valuable woodlands.

Jessup shoots in medium format using a Phase One XF camera. He is enjoys a saturated Kodachrome color palette and strives visually to balance the real with the abstract.

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Shane Balkowitsch

Liberty Thrudges Through Injustice

“Each and every day the world is filled with millions and millions of digital photographs that have no value, character, significance or physical form. That is not the case with a wet plate. The wet plate process is magical and the end result is tangible and precious.

Digital photography of today relies on technology. Wet plate photography relies on 160 year old chemistry, a bit of magic, and some luck. I think it is very important that as technology moves forward, we embrace and continue to celebrate and not forget important processes from the past. Wet plate photography is one of those processes. I am very proud to be the only person pouring wet plates in the state of North Dakota at this time. Every time I show someone the wet plate process, they are absolutely amazed regarding the ability to get a photograph using some chemicals and pieces of glass that I cut by hand.

It is my goal to capture as many people as I can in this process. Friends, family, loved ones or complete strangers, it does not matter. I want to share with as many people as possible this beloved process that dates back to 1848. Wet plate photography was such an important medium for expression in the past and I want it to continue to be today. It has been said that “you do not take a wet plate photograph, it is given to you” and this is so very true.”

-Shane Balkowitsch

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David Bastedo

Rack of Armour Suits - August 18, 2016 - Ottawa

“This image is everything. To me.

Jaws. White Tee-shirt. Black long sleeve. White long sleeve, and all of the iconic suits. Each named after a person of influence.

Acid green: Jenn
Silver: Patrick
Gold: Paul
Turquoise: Edgar
Mirror Ball: Bowie
Hot Pink: Isabel
Purple: Prince

I found them this way. Waiting. With care.
To protect the man, who they would transform, to yet again bring us joy.”

David Bastedo is a superb and innovative image maker and has been the exclusive photographer for the Tragically Hip joining them on their journeys including their historic Farewell Tour in 2016. He shoots with an eye for the unusual and produces evocative and powerful images. While traveling and shooting for various bands, David also spent 18+ years in the conceptualization, development and execution of digital content. Previously, David was Partner and Creative Technologist at Gravity Partners, a Digital Strategy Design firm.

His passion for music has enabled him to travel across North America and Europe documenting and creating content for Canadian bands such as The Tragically Hip, The Trews, Sam Roberts Band, Paul Langlois and Gord Downie. His work has been featured in these selected publications: The Toronto Star, The New York Times , FYI Music News, London Free Press, Huffington Post Canada, Hamilton Spectator, The Globe and Mail, The Hill Times, CBC, Calgary Herald, Halifax Magazine, Billboard, Infopresse, Winnipeg Free Press, Maclean’s.