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Wayne Salmon is a writer and a photographer. Born in Jamaica, he immigrated to Canada in the early 1980s. After studying English Literature at York University he developed a passion for photography upon discovering the works of Roy DeCarava. Concerned with issues of culture, identity and representation, his work is focused on people who live outside of western culture, especially those throughout the diaspora. Wayne was the founding editor of Umoja Urban Culture Magazine, co-founder and curator at Brickhouse Studio & Gallery, and is one of the founding members of SEEN, a collective of Black Canadian artists. He presently lives in Toronto, where he works as a Program Facilitator designing, implementing and evaluating creative programs that empower at risk youth.


Salmon's writings have appeared in various publications including The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry.  His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada and the US. Recent exhibitions include Reflections on Black, at Heritage Canada; Bearing Witness, at XEXE Gallery; and Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.