Jimmy Man­ning

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - Barry Pot­tle b. 1951 Kin­ngait, NU

When I first saw the pho­to­graphic work of Jimmy Man­ning, I found it awe in­spir­ing and ex­cit­ing, par­tic­u­larly his early im­ages de­pict­ing life on the land and ev­ery­day life in and around Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset). There is a con­sis­tency to his work and an at­ten­tion to de­tail that shines through, whether it’s a por­trait of an artist at work in the stu­dio or an im­age of cari­bou antlers strung across the top of the boat. To some these are scenes of ev­ery­day life, but to me, as an artist, they rep­re­sent the cre­ativ­ity and chal­lenge of doc­u­ment­ing life—Inuit life—in a thought­ful way. As a pho­tog­ra­pher, Jimmy shed light on his com­mu­nity in a man­ner that I hadn’t seen be­fore and one that has pushed me to try to cap­ture my own Ur­ban Inuit ex­pe­ri­ence. His cre­ative in­flu­ence and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion has al­lowed me to try dif­fer­ent ap­proaches, use dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and ex­plore dif­fer­ent themes. His work as both an artist and an ad­min­is­tra­tor with the West Baf­fin Eskimo Co-op­er­a­tive has been an in­spi­ra­tion for me, and watch­ing him build his ca­reer as one of the first pro­fes­sional Inuk pho­tog­ra­phers has taught me there are no real lim­its. His sense of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and his calm man­ner­isms are some­thing I strive to em­u­late. Fol­low­ing in his artis­tic foot­steps gives me pas­sion, new ideas and the sense that I can do it too. –

Jimmy Man­ning What Will He Think of Next? c. 1980 Slide pho­to­graph COUR­TESY THE ARTIST

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