Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Stephen Brookbank uses the photographic process in a documentary fashion that places him firmly in the role of visual anthropologist. His bodies of work focus on contemporary social and economic uncertainty, adopting banal images of North America’s urban landscape as raw material for his visual record. The exchange between life and work is a primary concern for Brookbank, eliciting him to further extend the explorations of early American documentary photographers into what the present world will look like as a past era. Creating an almost cinematic atmosphere within his images, the artist finds allegories among simple realities of life such as distinction between light emitted from an overcast sky on a town, the glow of a streetlamp in a residential area, and the illumination afforded a living room by a simple light bulb.
Stephen shoots 4×5 negatives and creates his prints with a Chromira on chromogenic paper.