Brian Howell is a Canadian photographer, notable for large scale projects that examine vernacular expressions of shifting societal and personal values. His subjects are drawn from fringe or marginalized communities; people and places resonant with allegorical meanings for an age that seems to Howell to be both broken and blinded. Howell's photographic series build on a truth-telling mantra of an earlier era of documentarians, though they are given structure and further meaning by a more rigorous contemporary, conceptual framework. His most recent series "Burnt Forests" is a study of winter landscapes of forests previously ravaged by fire. The images appear abstract at first glance. Moving closer the stark black lines against the snow are revealed to be charred and broken trees.
Brian Howell graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Photography. He is the author of two books and his work has been exhibited and published internationally.