In collaboration with “Jimmy” James Evans, Donald Evans, Brent, Bluenose, & Carl Lance Bonnici
In Top Left, Jeff Bierk continues his documentation of the Toronto neighbourhoods where he lives and works, with collaborators “Jimmy” James Evans, Bluenose, Brent, Donny Evans and Carl Lance Bonnici. While often mischaracterized as a street photographer, Bierk has distinguished himself by developing a collaborative portraiture practice that interrogates the ethics of the growing trend. Working in opposition to the widening of class and digital divides, the collaborators work with a principle of full transparency throughout the process of making photographs, mounting shows and profit splitting. In doing so, the photographer acknowledges that without the labour that his collaborators put into daily life, none of the photographs would be possible.