Award-winning Getty Images assignment photographer and Boreal Collective Co-Founder, Ian Willms’ photographic practice resides within the gulf between journalism and contemporary art. He strives to communicate the emotional environment surrounding his subjects through a poetic, methodical approach to making pictures. From the baking highways of the American Southwest, to the frozen railways of Siberia, Willms has photographed the narratives of disempowered peoples, wounded environments and forgotten cultures. Over the last four years, he has been exploring the impacts of Canada’s Oil Sands boom, being felt within the remote Indigenous communities of Northern Alberta.
Willms’ won the 2013 Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award for this series, “The Road to Nowhere”, 2012-13.