Brett Gundlock

Mexico City
(+52 1) 55 4702 9459

Canadian-born but Mexico-based since 2014, Brett Gundlock is a freelance documentary photographer who divides his time between assignment work that has appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, TIME Magazine and personal projects.

Long-term work often sees Gundlock embedded with marginalized subcultures, striving to see, understand, and represent them with accuracy and dignity. As he embarks on year six of his project, “Carry the Blood, Emiliano,” he aims to witness the strength and resilience of remote communities in the Sierra Madre mountains who are caught in the crosshairs of Mexico’s ongoing drug crisis. The homesteaders comprise the most vulnerable rung in the drug trade ladder, and they must defend themselves from the violent cartels who try to appropriate their land. Documenting the conflict from the inside, Gundlock strives to access the perspectives of those engulfed in it and consumed by it.

Gundlock’s current work in Mexico exemplifies his career-long passions and commitments, valuing as it does the local, everyday heroism of citizens enmeshed in a global narratives of oppression, power, and greed.

Personal pursuits are also and necessarily collective ones for Gundlock. As a founding member of the Boreal Collective, he has been involved at every stage in the articulation and practice of the group’s mandate: to explore humanity’s intricate and complex realities in a rapidly evolving world with dedication to visual storytelling practiced with patience, commitment, and integrity. Gundlock has been instrumental in spearheading Boreal’s grassroots exhibitions, educational events, and publishing initiatives with a global reach. 

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Selected Exhibitions

2015 - The Collective, O'Born Contemporary (group) 
2015 - Now, CONTACT Photography Festival, Working Title, Toronto (group)
2014 - El Pueblo, Proof 21, Gallery 44, Toronto (group)
2012 - Home, Department of Canadian Heritage, Toronto (solo)
2011 - The “Movement”, VICE Photo Annual Exhibition, Show and Tell Gallery, Toronto (group)

Selected Awards

  • 2017- Pictures of theYear International- Natural Disaster- HM
  • 2015- Ontario Arts Council Visual ArtistsGrant- Carry the blood, Emiliano
  • 2014 - Latin American Fotografia 3, AI-AP
  • 2014 - National Magazine Award (Canada), Gold, Photojournalism, El Pueblo
  • 2014 - Toronto Arts Council, Visual Artist Grant
  • 2014 - Proof 21, Gallery 44 Emerging Artist exhibition 
  • 2014 - Flash Forward Tenth,  Featured Artist
  • 2013 - Lucie Foundation Scholarship,  Shortlist

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