An art image by Tammy Lam, a pair of hands printed on a transparency are clipped to an apparatus framing a fake palm tree on a beach.
Tammy Lam


Gallery 44 and BIPOC Photo Mentorships welcome five emerging photographers to our pilot mentorship program this summer. Please check out their profiles below and follow us on socials for updates on their new work.

We open call for a second round of mentorships closing August 15 and will share the outcomes of the program in a Mentorship Guide in winter 2022.

Meet The Participants – Summer 2021

A portrait of Bisma

Bisma J. Iqbal

Bisma is a queer and non-binary multi-media artist currently studying photography at OCADu in Toronto. With mentorship from Meera Margaret Singh they will be developing work that surrounds creating more positive representation of queer and trans South Asian folks.

A portrait of Sofia

Sofia Aldinio

Sofia is an Argentine-American documentary photographer and storyteller currently based between Mexico and the Southwest of the United States. Working with Brendan George Ko she will be expanding on a personal project about how climate change is uprooting inland and coastal communities in Baja California.

A portrait of Tavon.

Tavon Taylor

With work that focuses on translating and building their black and queer identity through photography, Tavon will be mentored by Erik Umphery to hone technical lighting skills and build professional practice.

A portrait of Janice

Janice Reid

Janice creates stories that explore diasporic identity, politics, and the black female subject through fashion and portraiture photography. With mentorship from Melissa Alcena, she will further investigate the relationship that black womxn have with their environments.

A portrait of Bessy

Tammy Lam

In their practice Tammy unpacks all the different ways we encounter and take photographs and how they can influence our experience of viewing. They will work with mentor Steven Beckly to conceptually further their work and reconnect with the Toronto photo community.

Thank You

Gallery 44 wishes to acknowledge:

‍and the many individual donors who supported this program.

A image by Tavon Taylor of a man lying on a lawn, with no shirt as if ready to sleep.

Tavon Taylor, from The Clouds Whispered Your Name