Ian, the Lens
Ian was most recently a senior editor at the Edmonton Journal, with responsibility for all major sections of the newspaper, including the front page, city, business and sports. He thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and is adept at maintaining attention to detail and accuracy no matter how fast the turnaround. He developed his talent for reporting in a concise, balanced and accurate manner while covering the Alberta legislature, business, and the environment for CP. When he moved from reporting to editing, first at CP and then at the Edmonton Sun, he mentored other reporters, helping them craft stories with clarity, never losing sight of the "big picture."
About 10 years ago, Ian began to pursue his love of photography. He learned to shoot sports by volunteering for the Edmonton Journal's sports desk on his days off. Eventually, Ian developed his skill to the point where he left his full-time job as an editor to concentrate on freelance photography. In addition to sports, he particularly enjoys travel and wildlife photography.
"Although I studied photography as a part of my journalism program at Algonquin College many years ago, I am largely self-taught", says Ian. "I have had the great good fortune to have been mentored by some of the best photojournalists in the business over the years - the late Marcel Quenneville and Doug Petepiece in Cornwall Ontario, where I started in the newspaper business, Larry Wong, Greg Southam and Ed Kaiser at the Edmonton Journal, Paul Wright and the legendary Joe McNally. I owe all of these photographers an enormous debt of gratitude. Ian is an accredited professional photographer through the Professional Photographers of Canada.
"I have known Ian Stewart as a friend and colleague for over twenty years. Since re-discovering his love of photography over the last eight years, he has become a competent and talented photographer, who is also accredited with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Ian is dedicated to the craft and constantly learning new skills and techniques. I would recommend him to anyone requiring a photographer.”
— Larry Wong, Photojournalist, Edmonton Journal,/Postmedia Network
“Ian is a superb documentarian photographer! His background of years in the publishing business gives him an awareness of an emerging situation before it happens, and honed photography skills that are needed for the split-second reflexes to be able to capture a timeless image. His images are single-frame stories steeped with a human element that pull the subject’s personality out of the surrounding environment to give it a rich vividness that can only come with a trained eye and the tenderness needed to connect with the subject at their level.”
— Greg Campbell, professional portrait photographer and professional engineer