"The job of an artist is to offer a sanctuary of beauty to an ugly world."  - Jeff Goins


Mary Fowles is an award-winning documentary storyteller whose work seeks to shed a light on dark corners, lend strength to quiet voices, and illuminate beauty. As a portrait photographer she works primarily in colour with a minimalist style.

Mary grew up on Salt Spring Island on BC's west coast, and lived in Montreal for over a decade where she studied religion at McGill University and then obtained a graduate degree in journalism from Concordia. 

Prior to working as a photographer, Mary worked in documentary film as a producer and director. Her short film Welcome to Canada, premiered on the Atlantic and has been shown in festivals around the world. Her feature film Taxi Casablanca, which she wrote, produced and directed after meeting Casablanca's first female taxi driver, was broadcast on TV5 in 2009.  She has been awarded many artist grants including production grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts, and Quebec Council for the Arts.  In her last semester of journalism school Mary was one of four journalism students across Canada to be awarded with a journalism fellowship from the International Development Research Centre. 

Mary has worked and lived for an extended time in both Morocco and Jamaica. Honing her craft as an artist she brings together all the elements of storytelling she's learned over the years as well as her love of style. 

In her spare time she works on documentary and street photography, travelling often between Vancouver, Canada and Kingston, Jamaica.  She is a member of the Vancouver Street Photography Collective. 

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