Every month, we’ll be catching up with a past Flash Forward winner to see what they’re up to today. We’ll inquire about their most recent projects, their latest reflections in regards to the photographic medium, the evolution of their practice, the challenges they’ve overcome, the milestones they’ve achieved and those they’re working towards, and what continues to inspire them.

Portrait Victoria Razo

In Conversation with Victoria Razo

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Victoria Razo, 2018 Boreal Bash Magenta Foundation Scholarship
Published January 14, 2019

The work of Victoria Razo in her homeland of Mexico, as well as in Chile and Cuba, landed her a scholarship to this year's Boreal Bash sponsored by the Magenta Foundation. As she's about to takeover the Magenta Instagram account, she spoke briefly about why she's constantly studying photography and the realities of being a woman photographer in Veracruz.

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Portrait Matthew Brooks

In Conversation with Matthew Brooks

Photos & Words by Matthew Brooks, 2017 Flash Forward Winner
Published November 20, 2018

Montreal-based photographer Matthew Brooks uses his 8x10 large format camera to create images that play with the viewer’s idea of reality. His work toys with our concept of the photograph as a document, destabilizing the divide between fact and fiction. In discussion with Fehn Foss, Brooks looks at where he is drawing his references from, where his practice began, and where it is going.

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In Conversation with Matt Eich

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Matt Eich, 2009 Bright Spark Award Winner
Published September 28, 2018

Virginia-based photographer Matt Eich has spent the last decade developing a documentary photography practice that blurs spaces and genres. Picturing his family as well as others throughout the United States, he's built an extensive body of work that speaks about memory, belonging, identity, and collective consciousness; themes that are even more salient in today's sociopolitical climate. Candid, he shares some of the lessons he learned along the way, about balance, the creative process, the tensions between personal and journalistic endeavours and what the medium affords him.

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Portrait of Simon Roberts

In conversation with Simon Roberts

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Simon Roberts, 2006 Brights Spark Award Winner
Published August 3, 2018

A glimpse through British photographer, Simon Roberts news section is dizzying. His work is on view at Side Gallery in Newcastle, UK, at the National Maritime Museum in London. It was also featured in the past few months at Cortona on the Move, PhotoLondon, AIPAD, to name but a few. And a new monograph, "Merrie Albion – Landscapes Studies of a Small Island," was published at the end of 2017. How does he do it? Self-reflection, balance and patience.

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Portrait of artist Rachel Burns

In conversation with Rachel Burns

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Rachel Burns, Flash Forward Incubator 2017
Published June 14, 2018

At 18, Etobicoke School of the Arts recent graduate, Rachel Burns made the headlines for the receiving offers from over 25 universities, often accompanied with scholarships and financial aid that, when combined, total 2.2 million dollars. But more than those numbers, it’s her artistic prowess that deserves our attention.

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Maya Fuhr at work

In conversation with Maya Fuhr

Words by Laurence Butet-Roch, Flash Forward Flash Back Editor
Photos by Maya Fuhr, 2017 Project Grant Winner
Published May 17, 2018

Soft hues. A flare for the absurd. A sophisticated kitsch aesthetic. Maya Fuhr, the 28-year-old who grew up in Victoria, Canada and now calls Toronto home, doesn’t take herself too seriously. Rather, as she explained during a recent conversation, she strives to find the comical in everything. Or almost. She’s passionate about the environment and photography, though the two don’t always go hand in hand, especially when it comes to fashion. And so, she doesn’t shy away from playfully biting the hand that feeds her through her personal endeavours. Last year, her series, Malleable Privilege, which, in the words of curator Ariella Starkman “considers the impact of consumerism, the use of clothing as armour and the way the two converge in the development of personal expression” caught the eyes of the Flash Forward judges, who awarded her the Project Grant. Since then, she’s kept busy and is preparing an exhibition of new work for the Fall.

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