Interview of artist, Brian Dedora about his exhibition “Read this Foto”

Brian Dedora has lived a life gilded in gold, primarily as a master framer and gilder, but also as a writer, poet, artist, and photographer.

His show, Read this Foto, took place at Feheley Fine Arts during the month of May, 2022 in conjunction with Scotiabank’s Annual CONTACT Photography Festival. Dedora’s seminal exhibition included a culmination of works made over a fifty-year span, from black-and-white photographs circa the 1970s, through to his more recent pandemic-period explorations. Produced in limited editions, Dedora’s photographs are inkjet and silver gelatin prints, printed on watercolour and archival papers.

The written word–humorous, nonsensical, and disjointed– figures prominently, as a throughline, in Dedora’s exhibition. His works invite humor to exist alongside puzzlement and resolution. Writing since 1977, Dedora has a way with words that is not only apparent in his books and poems, but also when spoken aloud.

In this video, Dedora takes us through the pieces in his show, describing the creative process behind each work. As a writer, the role of narrative is crucial, connecting photographs old and new. As Dedora iterates in the title, viewers are instructed to read each photo.

Having spent many years living in Vernon and Vancouver, BC, Dedora made the move to Toronto in 2011 where he continues to write and hone his skills in film photography with his vintage Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, and Leica cameras.