Commemorating the Life and Career of Richard Johnson

Photography by Richard Johnson at White Wall North

May 16 – September 5, 2022

Toronto artist Richard Johnson – known for creating large format digital photography that documents the structures that shape our cultures and communities, and preserving these places in a rapidly shifting world – passed away on December 1st, 2021. To commemorate his life and career, White Wall North is proud to mount an exhibition of his work opening May 16, 2022, until September 5, 2022.

Johnson’s keen eye for the composed architectural image stems from his initial career as an Interior Designer, followed by 25 years as one of Canada’s preeminent architectural photographers. Profoundly influenced by mid-century German masters Bernd and Hilla Becher’s systematic documentation of Germany’s industrial landscape including water towers, grain silos and mine heads, he turned to exploring and documenting quintessential Canadian architectural typologies such as its ice huts.

Johnson’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions across Canada, and has been recognized through publications such as National Geographic in 2019 and awards including the Ontario Arts Council Grant for Emerging Visual Artists in 2010.

His photography is included in celebrated corporate collections such as TD Bank in Toronto, Scotiabank in Calgary, Aviva Insurance in Montreal, and the collection of Foreign Affairs Canada, enabling 27 Ice Huts and 8 Ice Villages are exhibited in Canadian Embassies around the world.

White Wall North will present photographs from various series including Ice Huts, Ice Villages, Storm, Allegro, Jeté and Root Cellars.

The gallery is located at 1335 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3A 1C6. It’s open Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm.

For more information:
Email Lucie at: or phone White Wall Gallery at (416) 445-5559

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