Anthony Redpath transforms ordinary, everyday scenes into extraordinary, heightened depictions of our shared social experiences. The human condition is explored in his work through themes of time and nostalgia, loss and despair, loneliness and interconnectivity. Arresting in scale, the images – thanks to Redpath’s breathtaking technical prowess – are able to present entire worlds in both the micro and the macro. Each image invites repeated investigation, with the stunning amount of embedded detail revealing more to the viewer upon every viewing: more stories, more moments, more meaning.
As a young Vancouverite, Redpath first found inspiration upon viewing Jeff Wall’s “Destroyed Room” at the Nova Gallery. He was further struck by Richard Avedon’s mastery of the figure on view at his Survey exhibition at Presentation House in North Vancouver in 1983.
Current influences include the “Vancouver School” members Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, and Stan Douglas; “New Topographics” landscape work artists Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher Robert Adams, and Stephen Shore; John Baldessari’s use of colour blocks; Gerhard Richter’s bold mix of photography and paint; cross-platform commercial and fine art photographers Nadav Kander and Andreas Gursky; fellow Vancouverite and purveyor of the modern human condition, Douglas Coupland; and documenter of humanity’s impact on the planet, Edward Burtynsky.
Redpath’s award-winning work has been published in Archive, Zoom, The National Post, Communication Arts, Canadian Art, Applied Arts, and appears in galleries across Canada.
Advertising Industry Assignment Feedback:
Joseph Patrick Bonnici, Creative Director, Bensimon Byrne: “I’ve worked with Anthony many times over the years on a variety of projects. Each time we ended up with creative we were proud of. On a personal level, he’s a great guy, but his talent level and his ability to shoot in a variety of styles is what sets him apart."
Dominic Prevost, Associate Creative Director, 123 West: "Anthony's extreme attention to detail and practical thinking was exactly what we needed to bring slick and stylized world of the Playland Hot Seat to life. Anthony immidiately understood the concept and was keen to collaborate with us to find unexpected ways to take the execution up a notch — going as far as litterally hanging our talent on ropes to have them dangle like “real” puppets!"
JP Gravina, Senior Art Director at BBDO: “Anthony brings a meticulous and technical eye to every project he works on. He thinks of every detail in the pre-production phase of a shoot so that you, and he can focus on the task at hand on the day. He also has this ability to make people feel comfortable on set, his crew, his clients and most importantly his subject, no matter what their experience is in front of a camera – something often overlooked when thinking of photographers. In short, he’s a pro. I look forward to working with him again soon!”
Dean Lee, Executive Creative Director, DDB: “Anthony is a pleasure to work with. He thinks through his projects in great detail making for a very smooth day on the set and ultimately great results.”
Rob Sweetman, Founder, Creative Director, 123 West: “Anthony’s attention to detail is incredible. From planning, to pre-production, to final retouching—he’s always pushing to make an image better. Anthony puts as much emphasis on communicating an idea properly as he does on perfecting the technique that brings it to life. He’s very collaborative and willing to try different things, but always has a strong opinion of what will work and what will bring the idea to life in the right way.”
Grant Fraggalosch, Writer and Television Producer: “I have become very familiar with both Anthony’s work and his character, and I can assure you that I am a enthusiastic fan of both. As a creative director in a national agency, I have the opportunity to see the portfolios of a great many photographers and I have yet to find one that excites me more than Anthony’s. While Vancouver is home to many fantastic photographers who’s work has been internationally recognized, I favour none more than Anthony. He is collaborative, enthusiastic, creative and original, and all without the hint of ego. And, most importantly, his work never fails to exceed my expectations.”
Daryl Gardiner, Associate Creative Director, DDB: “I have had the opportunity to observe, meet and work with some of the most reputable commercial photographers on the planet. Anthony Redpath has, without question, proven himself to be among the most gifted. Being at one of the most respected ad agencies in the world, means Art Directors here are inundated with mailers, samples and portfolios from photographers and other suppliers from across North America. Mr. Redpath’s samples and portfolio stood out immediately. His grasp of technique, composition and style complemented not only what our agency strives for in an executional philosophy, but also represented what very few individuals can achieve with consistency and competence. I hired him for several projects and quickly learned that professionalism, passion, and resourcefulness were also part of Mr. Redpath’s portfolio.”
Thomas Stringham, President and Creative Director, Hot Tomali Communications: “When I am on a photo shoot with Anthony Redpath, I always see him as more than just a photographer. His unique ability to take each concept further, his perfectionism, and an outstanding work ethic make him like an extension of our creative team. This is a trait that I have not encountered with another photographer, and it’s the main reason why Anthony Redpath is my photographer of choice Anthony is a master in his field. His craft is refined, disciplined and highly polished. He has an uncanny ability to make great ideas look even better, and is one of the most meticulous individuals I have met. The intangibles he brings to the table for photography are one of a kind.”