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Photographer Nadya Kwandibens creates positive imagery of Indigenous peoples


The first time Nadya Kwandibens picked up a camera was 16 years ago during a film training program in Thunder Bay, Ont. It wasn't until six years after that, that she began her own photography company, Red Works.

"When I first began Red Works, I noticed the total lack of positive imagery of Indigenous peoples. That need for more positive imagery is the basis upon which I create all my work," said Kwandibens.

Kwandibens prefers to shoot in natural light, making the most out of what's available. Her subjects have included: Michelle Thrush, Dorothy Grant, Pura Fe, Leanne Simpson and Tantoo Cardinal.


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