LORRAINE MONK, O.C., O. Ont., M.A., LL.D., D.Litt., F.O.C.A.,FIAP
1960 1980: Executive Producer
Still Photography Division
National Film Board of Canada
1966: Honoured by Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographic
(FIAP), for “Excellence of Service to Photography” ESFIAP Medal
1967: Inaugurated “The Photo Gallery” at 150 Kent Street, Ottawa. The
first gallery in Canada devoted to exhibiting the work of “living” photographers.
1967 1978: Produced over 200 exhibitions and multi-screen slide
presentations that travelled around the world.
June 1973: Appointed Member of the Order of Canada for service to
Canadian photography and pioneering “fine printing” in photographic books.
July 1973: First recipient of the newly inaugurated Gold Medal awarded by the
National Association for Photographic Art (NAPA), for Distinguished Contribution
to Canadian Photography”.
1976: June 16th, accompanied Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau to
the White House in Washington DC, where the first copy of
Between Friends/Entre Amis was presented to President Gerald Ford.
1977: Between Friends/Entre Amis was the recipient of the Gold Medal,
awarded in 1977 at the International Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany, “In honour
of extraordinary achievement in the art of book creating.”
1980: Awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Ontario College of Art for “Service
to the Arts in Canada”.
1982: November Received Honorary Doctorate of Letters from York University.
Delivered the convocation address.
1983: December Elevated to “Officer” in the Order of Canada for wide range
of international awards, won by various books celebrating Canadian photography.
1984: May appointed first Honorary Member of the Canadian Photographic
Historical Society. Delivered the keynote address at the
International Photographic Symposium, York University.
1985 1987: Established The Canadian Museum of Photography.
May 20, 1987 presented the Premiere Exhibition:
The Incredible Journeys: Photographs by Richard Harrington from the
Canadian Far North: 1947 1952
1985: Received Honorary Doctorate of Literature from Carleton University,
Ottawa, Delivered the convocation address.
1998: Appointed to the Board of the Roloff Beny Foundation. Developed
programs to assist Canada’s photographic community: Roloff Beny Best
Photography Book Award, scholarships, visiting lecture series, etc.
1998 1999: Produced Major Millennium Book: Canada: These Things We
Hold Dear An Album of Photographic Memories, to celebrate the contribution
made by Canadian photographers to our understanding and awareness of our
country and our national identity. The book won many major international awards.
1999: October Launch of Canada: These Things We Hold Dear, sponsored
by Kodak Canada. The entire book was put on the Internet by Kodak Canada:
1999: Millennium Book awarded the “Unisource Trophy” for Excellence.
May 2000: Canada: These Things We hold Dear, won Printing Industries of
America’s highest award for printing excellence, the coveted Benjamin Franklin
Award known as “The Benny”.
May 2000: Presented with the “Royal Canadian Academy of Arts” medal for
“extraordinary achievements” in Still Photography as curator, editor and publisher.
April 2001: Canada: These Things We Hold Dear The International
Association of Printing House “Excellence Award”: given by Kodak Polychrome
Graphics, for “The Best of the Best Emerging Technologies Award”, best of
3,358 entries worldwide. Book was printed in the stochastic screening process,
using seven colours.
May 2001: The Lorraine Monk Collection of Photographic Books established at
2002: Received the “Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal”: the Commemorative Medal
for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, marking the 50th Anniversary
of Her Majesty to the Throne, on February 6, 1952. Presented for “significant
contribution to Canada”.
2003: Completed manuscript for a novel Hannah and the White Rose of Munich
A young Canadian photographer sets out to change the world with her camera.
2003: Completed a book about Moritz Liebling, a young Polish Jew who died in
Auschwitz. The book exhibits 31 of his drawings made in Auschwitz.
2004: Every Public School in the Toronto area - 502 schools in total received
an autographed copy of my Deluxe Millennium book:
Canada/ Theses Things We Hold Dear
Since the majority of school children in Toronto today, are newcomers, many of
them with limited financial resources to enable them to travel and discover the
beautiful country they now call their “homeland”. Students can now take an
exciting photographic journey across Canada from the east coast and
Newfoundland to British Columbia and the Queen Charlotte Islands north to
Nunavut and the Arctic Ocean. A rare and wonderful journey of discovery, helping
to build students’ awareness and understanding of what it means to be
Over the past decade Lorraine Monk has made substantial contributions from her
personal collection of photography and photographic books to libraries in Canada
Photographers For Peace
2005 Foundation established with Charitable Status
Mandate: To create greater International awareness of the
power of photography to change the world
Photography is a silent language. It crosses all borders.
The world is a Global Village.
We all share basic “Family Values”.
Two major International Exhibitions will graphically
illustrate the theme:
We Are One!
1) A book, in a Family Album format will be produced.
2) A documentary film is in production.
3) A 3-D Holography Exhibition to honour the great Pacifist who are “History’s
Heroes” is in production.
Dr. Helen Caldicott, the world's leading advocate for Nuclear Disarmament, is
Honorary Patron of Photographers For Peace.
Jan 2008: Appointed Member of the Order of Ontario for service to
Canadian photography and creation of Photographers for Peace a global undertaking, dedicated
to bringing the whole world closer together through the peaceful powerful - medium of
photography - the most powerful medium of communication ever invented.
Lorraine Monk has produced 32 internationally acclaimed photographic books (including the
famous: Between Friends/Entre Amis.) as well as several hundred photographic exhibitions
about Canada, prompting Toronto Author John Robert Colombo to observe: “Lorraine Monk’s
commitment to photography is surpassed only by her commitment to Canada”.
Lorraine Monk fought relentlessly for greater recognition and celebration of Canada’s
photographers. She was frequently described in the media as
“The Joan of Arc of Photography”.