Sheridan’s Rafael Goldchain nominated for Scotiabank Photography Award

Elvis Taxi, Limón, Costa Rica, 1986. Photo courtesy of Rafael Goldchain

Elvis Taxi, Limón, Costa Rica, 1986. Photo courtesy of Rafael Goldchain


Rafael Goldchain, Sheridan’s Bachelor of Photography’s coordinator whose work includes a 2011 documentary film entitled Beautifully Broken: The Life and Times of Rafael Goldchain and exhibit I Am My Family, is one of three photographers shortlisted for the Scotiabank Photography Award. Now in its fifth year, the Scotiabank Photography Award was created to raise the international profile of Canada’s leading photographic artists and is Canada’s largest annual peer-reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography. 

The SPA was founded by Edward Burtynsky and Jane Nokes, Scotiabank’s Director of Arts, Culture, and Heritage. The award is designed to provide support to a mid-career artist as he or she reaches for the next level of national and international recognition.

Robert Enright, a member of SPA’s juror panel, had this to say regarding Rafael’s past and current work.


“Rafael Goldchain uses photography to tell him who he is. The medium is an instrument that validates the truth of his personal experience and his relationship to the external world. Whatever Goldchain photographs, whether a mother and child in Jerusalem, a recently married couple in Oaxaca, Mexico, a portrait of his Irish wife and her two sisters, or a cracked and weathered pillar, his subjects are a moving affirmation of his place in the world. Their careful resolution acts as a poignant reminder of his, and our own, mortality.”

Courtesy of Scotiabank’s award website:


“The winner of the SPA receives a cash prize of $50,000 and a book of their work to be published and distributed worldwide by Steidl of Germany, the renowned art photography publisher. In addition, the winner’s art will be the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, as part of next year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The two shortlisted artists receive cash prizes of $10,000 each. The 2015 SPA winner will be announced on May 6, 2015 at the Ryerson Image Centre.”

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