Blake Fitzpatrick

Mary Kavanagh

Blake Fitzpatrick is a professor in the School of Image Arts and the Co-director of the Documentary Media Research Centre at Ryerson University. His research interests include critical landscape studies, photography and the nuclear era, and the post-Cold War histories of the Berlin Wall. Fitzpatrick has exhibited his photo-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, including the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. As principal investigator, Fitzpatrick was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant for the collaborative research project Freedom Rocks: The Everyday Life of the Berlin Wall. Produced with artist Vid Ingelevics the project has been exhibited at the Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles, Prefix in Toronto and with excerpted portfolios published in the journals Prefix Photo, Public and Ciel Variable. Fitzpatrick’s writing and visual work have appeared in numerous journals and in edited collections. His work on the photographic representation of the atomic era is included in The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada (MQUP, 2011), Camera Atomica (AGO and Black Dog Publishing, 2015) and Through Post-Atomic Eyes (MQUP, 2020). He is co-editor of Critical Distance in Documentary Media (Palgrave Macmillan 2018) and contributed a chapter on the aerial image in contemporary documentary art for the volume.
Blake Fitzpatrick is an advisory board member of the Atomic Photographers Guild and has published on the work of Guild photographers.