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Sean Galbraith

Sean Galbraith



Just a guy in a city with a (film) camera. Also, I like hats. I am a self-trained photographer and urban planner in Toronto, Canada. With a background in urban design, I look for patterns, lines, and forms that give structure to urban environments. My career revolves around the built environment; contributing to the ever expanding development of cities. By day, my life revolves around the creation of those spaces I may ultimately revisit long after they've outlasted their intended purpose. I have exhibited in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario Rental + Sales Gallery, galleryDK, Gallery West, art101, Pearson International Airport, Hangman Gallery, and others. I have also exhibited at the Department of Canadian Heritage, and in several office galleries. In the fall of 2008 I switched to medium and large format film only for my photography. In addition to greatly loving the feel and deliberative process of shooting film, the resulting negatives allow for high resolution scans that greatly exceed the capacity of current digital technologies. I do all of my own post processing, with the exception of high-resolution drum scans (when utilized). At present, my prints are usually Chromagenic prints done through Toronto Image Works. All of my framing is custom and done by The Framing Depot. I am a founding member of the DK Photo Group, and a co-owner of galleryDK. My photos are included in several corporate and private collections in North America and are available through the Art Gallery of Ontario Rental and Sales Gallery. I'm an occasional guest on a couple photography podcasts, Photonetcast and Tips from the Top Floor. I am part of a large community of fellow architectural explorers, many of whom I consider friends and colleagues. I value their artistic and other contributions, and could not do what I do as effectively if it were not for their efforts.
  • Shen-Hao PTB45
  • Pentax 645N
  • Polaroid 210 Automatic
  • Yashica Mat 124G
  • Schneider 58mm XL
  • Rodenstock Grandagon 72mm
  • Caltar-II 150mm
  • Nikkor-W 210mm

Camp X-Ray : Guantanamo Bay

Published November 8th, 2012

Camp X-Ray was a temporary prison facility at US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay from January - April, 2002. Since that time it has been left abandoned and is being reclaimed by nature.

In 2009, I visited the base to photograph X-Ray in its current state of decay.

While X-Ray was a notorious early outpost in the War on Terror, time has erased all signs of its past inhabitants.

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500px Photowalk

Published August 7th, 2011

Yesterday, 500px had a photowalk in downtown Toronto. Our hosts started with a visit up to their offices at Yonge/Dundas, before heading out to do some shooting.

I'm a film shooter... but I wanted to do something a little different, so I only brought my Polaroid 210 Automatic camera and a mix of Fuji and Impossible Project instant films. I had a great time chatting with other 500px users (and employees) and random passers by about the camera and film in general. Even/especially in the digital age, instant print photography is a real conversation starter.

Thanks, 500px for being great hosts. It looks a like a great time was had by all!

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Developing Kodak Ektar 100 in B&W chemicals

Published August 6th, 2011

I develop all my own negatives at home in the kitchen (mmm toxic chemicals around food). I am not a big cross-processor as other people are. 4x5 is too expensive. Today, however, I accidentally put some Kodak Ektar 100 in the development tank with some Kodak Tmax 100 that I was developing. It turns out that this combination works alright. (Rodinal 1:25, 5:30 min, rotary processor)

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Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

Published August 6th, 2011

Originally posted on my website:

Back in 2007 when I started researching locations for PhotoXplorers, I found out about Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, in Duisburg, Germany. All I read was that it was a former steel mill converted into a park (which was enough for me to want to go see it), but when we were in Germany shooting, we didn't have time to stop by.

Last month my wife and I were in Germany once again and this time we weren't going to miss it. We arrived at Landschaftspark without knowing much more than I knew 4 years ago. To say that it had been turned into a park is a gross understatement! To say that as a North American industrial heritage enthusiast I was humbled would also be an understatement. It is simply the most incredible adaptive reuse of a heritage industrial building I've even seen.

Not only are you given free reign to walk up to the top of one of the towers (and might I add for no admission cost) and through the blast furnace, but ...

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