Ian MacEachern

Canada 1942



Ian MacEachern
Ian MacEachern
May 3, 2016
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Some say that good photography means finding the perfect balance between math and emotion. Math, so you could know where to stand, what camera to use, and when to take the image – and emotion, so you could pour a part of yourself into the photographs, giving them deeper meaning and honesty. Ian MacEachern has found this balance, and his photographs are not just technically flawless, they are also a representation of his own feelings about everything he photographed. The subjects in the images aren’t forced, everything seems to be happening naturally, and the artist is there to capture it. Unlike many others who create images rather than simply capture them, MacEachern remains attached to the more traditional photography.

Ian MacEachern - Foundry Worker #1 - Foundry Worker #2 (detail)
Ian MacEachern – Foundry Worker #1 (Left) / Foundry Worker #2 (Right)

The CameraMan

He began his career as a TV cameraman in Moncton and Sydney and started taking pictures early in 1963, in his spare time. The 60’s brought many changes and people’s lives were changing rapidly. The progress was everywhere, or so it seemed. MacEachern decided to try to document all these changes and their effect on the people. From the streets of the city, mental institution, places of importance, factories, up to the pictures of ordinary people just living their lives, the artist was there to capture it all. He had this perceptive encounter with figures that ‘forced’ them to reveal themselves. In his work, MacEachern has recorded the entire condition of human existence without preoccupying himself with personal style. His goal was bigger than that.

The artist wasn’t preoccupied with personal style

Ian MacEachern - Asylum #1 - Asylum #2 - Asylum #3 (detail)
Ian MacEachern – Asylum #1 (Left) / Asylum #2 (Center) / Asylum #3 (Right)

Thank You, Television

MacEachern was born in a small area called Glace Bay in Nova Scotia. He worked as s TV cameraman in Sydney, N.S. and Moncton, N.B. before moving to Saint John, where he was employed by CHSJ-TV. In 1966, he moved to Toronto, working as a freelance photographer for several magazines, and a year later, CBC Toronto hired him as a studio cameraman. MacEachern was able to master selection, framing, and composition thanks to his work on television. In 1968, he moved to London, Ontario, where he continued his freelance photography as a magazine and industrial photojournalist. His work has been exhibited in many group shows, and he also had several successful solo exhibitions in Canada and the USA.

He worked as a freelance photographer for numerous magazines

Ian MacEachern - Union Station - Social Notes (detail)
Ian MacEachern – Union Station (Left) / Social Notes (Right)

Documenting the Changes

Changes often come fast. We are not able to catch up with everything new that’s happening around us, and we fail to see how those changes really influence our daily lives. Ian MacEachern took upon himself to document the changing face of the city and the people living in it. He was able to make them reveal themselves for who they really are, no matter where they were. Factory, market, even asylum, everywhere the artist went, he captured the truth – the truth behind the daily lives of ordinary people and their interactions with the environment.

He is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto and Handworks Gallery, Saint John, New Brunswick.

Ian MacEachern lives and works in London, Ontario.

Featured image: Ian MacEachern – portrait, photo by Linda Munn
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Ian MacEachernArtists Studio Tour, London, ONSolo
2016The Velvet UndergroundMusee de la Musique | Philharmonie de Paris Paris, FranceGroup
201520th AnniversaryStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2015Off The WallSaint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NBSolo
2015Ian MacEachernArtists Studio Tour, London, ONSolo
2015Andy Warhol, Unlimited (Photographs of the Velvet Underground)Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FranceGroup
2015Framing the AtlanticTides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport, MaineGroup
2014Ian MacEachernArtists Studio Tour, London, ONSolo
2007Mass Culture and Society Exhibit 2AMcIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, ONGroup
2006Imprints, black & white photographyBraywick Bistro, London, ONSolo
2005Ian MacEachern, PhotographsThielsen Gallery, London, ONSolo
2005Future CreativesMcIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, ONGroup
2004Ian MacEachern, Photographs 1965-1972Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2004Summer ReviewStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2003Queen StreetStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2003soudtracksEdmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, ABGroup
2002Photographs of Saint John, 1963-1973Handworks Gallery, Saint John, NBSolo
2000No Exhibition: The Art and Spectacle of the Nihilist Spasm BandLondon Regional Art and Historical Museums, London, ONGroup
1989Ian MacEachernEmbassy Cultural House, London, ONSolo
1986Symbols of Aspiration: Victorian Architecture in London and South West OntarioLondon Regional Art Gallery, London, ONSolo
1979Industrial LandscapesRichard E. Crouch Branch Library, London, ONSolo
1978Ian MacEachernLondon Free Press, London, ONSolo
1978The Architecture of George F. Durand 1850 -1889London Art Gallery Extension Services, London, ONSolo
1978Focus on SixLondon Art Gallery Extension Services, London, ONGroup
1977Industrial PhotographsImage Co-op Gallery, Northfield, VTSolo
1977Inside and OutsideGalerie Photo Progression, Montreal, PQSolo
1976Inside and OutsideMcIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, ONSolo
1975Graphics and PhotographicsLondon Public Library and Art Museum, London, ONGroup
1974Ian MacEachernPhoto Image 33 Gallery, Kingston, ONSolo
1973Photographs of the MaritimesRichard E. Crouch Branch Library, London, ONSolo
1972Recent PhotographsTrajectory Gallery, London, ONSolo
1971Documentary PhotographsBaldwin Street Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1971Photography Canada: Image 6San Francisco Federal Savings, San Francisco, CAGroup
1971Photography Canada: Image 6Civic Arts Gallery, Oakland, CAGroup
1970London People, London PlacesCentennial Museum, London, ONSolo
1970Photography Canada: Image 6Palo Alto Civic Center, Palo Alto, CAGroup
1970UnknownLondon Public Library and Art Museum, London, ONGroup
1966Ian MacEachernNew Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NBSolo