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Leslie Grant and Al Bersch often work collaboratively with workers in many industries, such as salt mining, forestry and fishing in order to present multiple, unofficial stories showing personal points of view. Specific projects include: Pictures, Maps, Shadows, 2003 (Leslie Grant and Alex Terzich); The Forestry Project, 2007 (Leslie Grant and Al Bersch); and a commercial fishing project (Leslie Grant, Al Bersch and Nina Pessin-Whedbe), ongoing.


The photographs included in this exhibition were taken by Danny Anzalone, a salt miner at Hampton Corners American Rock Salt mine in western New York; Don Jakubec, a forestry worker with Tembec Industries in Elko, BC; and Mel Rohrich, a commercial fisherman working out of Newport, Oregon. Exhibiting these photographs at Stratagem Pacific Consulting, an organization that mediates between different interest groups within resource extraction industries, offers the potential inclusion of worker input via visual means.


Grant is part time faculty in the Photography Department at Parsons the New School for Design, and graduated with an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Bersch is an MA candidate in Folklore at the University of Oregon, and graduated with a BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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June 21 to July 16, 2008

Monday to Wednesday 10am to 3pm

Opening June 21 from 7pm to 10pm

Artist talk June 22 from 2pm to 5pm

Stratagem Pacific Consulting, 710-318 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

LESLIE GRANT & AL BERSCH