Darren Calabrese is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Halifax. Darren’s work has been recognized by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, American Photography 34 among other notable awards. In 2020, Darren was named Canadian Photojournalist of the Year by the News Photographers Association of Canada – all of these awards are made meaningful because the recognized work was all made here in Atlantic Canada.

Most recently, Darren published his first book with McClelland & Stewart, which acts as an honest look at grief coupled with a profoundly moving meditation on home and what it means to be of a place. Examining the tradition and cultures that run so deeply in the Atlantic provinces, stitched into the fabric of the place that so many call home, Darren creates a visual elegy through his documentary photojournalism that pairs effortlessly with his family’s century-old photos from the region. His book Leaving Good Things Behind was a national bestseller.

While in conversation, Darren shares his experiences publishing his first book – the first by a major publisher in Canada to focus on photojournalism: the process of pairing his photographs with his writing, how he edited and paced the visual narrative and the expectations and surprises encountered when taking his photojournalism into the publishing world.

Join us – attendance is free and coffee, tea, and water will be provided.