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IMA Alumni Association
We are the Ryerson University Image Arts Alumni Association — a group for alumni from programs that are part of the School of Image Arts or housed in the Image Arts Building.
2019 Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award recipient, Jeremy Podeswa, Image Arts '84
Image Arts - Alumni Hall of Fame: 2019 Inductees
Image Arts Wall of Fame
The School of Image Arts, previously named Photographic Arts, has over 5000 alumni including many with prominent and successful careers. The Image Arts Alumni Association created Visionaries: Image Arts Wall of Fame in 2018 to formally recognize some of the most outstanding alumni. These Visionaries have distinguished themselves with superior achievement in a professional career related to the field of image arts.
Wall of Fame 2020 Inductees will be announced in November 2020.
Che Kothari (IMA ’05) became known for intimate portrait sessions with many notable musicians and artists. He also created the non-profit organization, Manifesto Community Projects, which does award-winning work with young people, and the annual Manifesto Festival and its sister organizations of Manifesto in Jamaica and NYC.
MaryAnn Camilleri (IMA '91) created the Magenta Foundation, a trailblazing charitable arts-publishing house that showcases the work of talented artists on a global scale. It draws attention to under-represented and emerging artists with powerful exhibitions and a roster of impressive international publications.
Yuri Dojc (IMA '74) Yuri’s multi-lens trajectory has pivoted from an established commercial photography practice to his current gaze as an artful observer of the vestiges of history’s most vulnerable. Since the late 1990s, he has been documenting Slovakia's last living Holocaust survivors and the country’s abandoned synagogues, schools, and cemeteries for a series called Last Folio.
Bruce McDonald (IMA ’82) attended Ryerson in the 70’s and went on to become one of Canada’s greatest filmmakers known for his irreverent, eclectic style and his love of music and pop culture. After breaking out with his debut feature Roadkill, he has gone on to direct many other acclaimed films including Hard Core Logo, The Tracy Fragments and Pontypool.
Freider Hochheim (IMA ’77) worked in the industry as a gaffer primarily on feature films which led his creative mind to invent a color correct fluorescent lighting system called Kino Flo. This innovative system rapidly changed the way movies were made and resulted in an Academy Award for technical achievement In 1995.
Image Arts - Alumni Hall of Fame: 2018 Inductees
Edward Burtynsky (IMA ’82) is one of the world’s most respected contemporary photographers and his award-winning depictions of industrialized landscapes are featured in over sixty major museums worldwide.
Jeremy Podeswa (IMA ’84) wrote and directed three award-winning feature films before becoming one of the top television directors in the world, nominated four times for Emmy Awards for shows like Game of Thrones.
Pia Di Ciaula (IMA ’92) is an internationally renowned film and television editor whose recent credits include Tyrannasaur and The Crown, Netflix's multi-BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe winning series.
Stephen Bulger (IMA ‘91) owner/operator of the Stephen Bulger Gallery, represents photography at the highest level having curated over 150 exhibitions and published many catalogues and books.
Peter Mettler (IMA ’82) holds a unique position for his innovative merging of cinema with other disciplines and his film, Picture Of Light, was recently selected by TIFF as one of Canada’s Essential 150 Canadian Films.