Josee Schryer | Montreal, Canada

Short bio:
I was born and raised in rural Québec, Canada.I am currently based in Montréal. I graduated with an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford and a BFA at Concordia University in Photography and Art History. I am a co-founder of the Photobook Club Montréal. My first monograph, “sur-la-Rouge”, was published by Peperoni Books in 2016.

Why do you photograph on film?
I like that the results are not instantaneous. I appreciate that I take a step back between the time I photograph and the time I see the images and make an edit. Film slows me down and ultimately I like the softness and the aesthetic of it.

What is your work about?
I am interested in culture, traditions, folklore and stories. I am curious about people’s attachement to the places where they grew up or chose to live, as well as how it reflects on their identity and communities. I’m especially interested in the photobook in which I see great potential for storytelling.