Salina Kassam is a widely travelled photographer of architecture and construction. Her photographs can bring a sense of space and context in an artful way, while respecting the reflections of architects and engineers. With this unique approach, she tells the story of a building in an organic way, using angles and light to create a unique image composition. Salina specializes in documenting the entire construction process, from demolition and excavation to the final reveal of the structure, space and function.
Salina is a freelance photographer based in Toronto. She studied documentary photography at The International Centre for Photography in New York and Ryerson University in Toronto. Her work has taken her to many corners of the globe where her passion for observing the every day has culminated in many bodies of work that bring home a story that is sensitive to the human landscape.
Her work has won awards and she has been recognized for her contributions to many humanitarian organizations in Africa and India, Central America as well as at home in Canada. Salina has worked with Photosensitive, a group of photographers who focus on human issues bringing awareness through photography.
2018- CAPTURE- Dylan Ellis Gallery, Toronto
2017- ALT Revolution – Dylan Ellis Gallery Toronto
2017-THE GLOBAL CENTRE FOR PLURALISM- Opening Exhibit of the Construction
Documentary of the building restoration at 330 Sussex, Ottawa, Ontario
2015- AGING - BCE Place, Toronto in collaboration with PHOTOSENSITIVE
2014- THE ISMAILI CENTRE TORONTO- Opening Exhibit of the Construction Documentary of
the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
2014- PICTURE CHANGE –BCE Place, Toronto in collaboration with PHOTOSENSITIVE
2013 PORTRAITS, Arta Gallery Toronto, presented as part of CONTACT
2012 THE WORLD IS NOT FLAT, Arta Gallery, Toronto
2011- THE FEUL OF LIFE, BCE Place, Toronto
2011 THE IDEA OF NATURE, Arta Gallery, Toronto
2008- THE CANCER PROJECT, CITY HALL , Toronto, Calgary, collaboration with PHOTOSENSITIVE
2010 SHAKTI, Arta Gallery, Toronto
2005 SHADES OF HOPE Toronto, Propeller Gallery
2003 PORTRAITS II BOHO Toronto
2002 PORTRAITS, Coco Lezonne Toronto
2002 ISLAMIC LANDSCAPTES, Toronto convention centre Toronto
2001 A GLIMPLSE OF THE NILE, Lettieri Toronto
2004 Canadian Crossroads International Tamil Nadu, India www.cciorg.ca. Supported by CCI, HUT (Human Uplift Trust) www.hutindia.org is a locally founded organization in Tamil Nadu. Poverty abounds and local communities have very little access to education and treatment, hence HIV is an issue that is often ignored. HUT has raised awareness despite the cultural stigmas to reduce the incidence rate and provide treatment in a welcoming environment.
2004 NET AID Andhra Pradesh, India www.netaid.org
The local population of Vijayawada has been affected severely by climate change and natural. As such, poverty abounds and children have little hope or ambition to change that. Shangamitra Society focuses their resources on rural communities to encourage primary education, hoping to stimulate children to seek formal education. With this, the hope is that entire villages will flourish and be self-sustaining.
2003 CAMFED International Zambia www.uk.camfed.org
Focusing on health and education and equal opportunities for girls
2001 Medicines sans frontiers MSF Guatemala www.msf.org
2003 SNAP- Toronto Best black and white photograph
2006 Photosensitive www.photosensitive.com
Strength Within. Celebrating 50 years of the United Way’s activities in Toronto
2007 Photosensitive www.photosensitive.com
Communities in Focus: commemorating 25 years of The Trillium Foundation’s work in Ontario
2008 Photosensitive www.photosensitive.com The Cancer Project