Snap­shots from the cana­dian bush The Tree Planters

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Oct. 21 to Nov. 18, Stephen Bul­ger Gallery Be­fore she be­came a con­flict pho­tog­ra­pher, Rita Leist­ner had a se­ri­ous green thumb—in the 1980s and ’90s, she planted more than half a mil­lion trees in Canada’s most re­mote reaches. In this solo show, she re­turns to her (ahem) roots with a series of por­traits of tree planters, ex­am­in­ing how the job has shaped both Canada’s phys­i­cal land­scape and its na­tional iden­tity. The pho­tos are bright and beau­ti­ful, a rare cel­e­bra­tion of life from an artist who usu­ally doc­u­ments the dev­as­ta­tion of war.

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