About Darren Ell Photographer
Documentary reportage and photojournalism
Darren Ell works primarily in documentary reportage and photojournalism. His portraits of illegal detainees and refugees facing deportation (see video below) was a winner in New York’s P.D.N. Photo Annual contest in 2007, was the subject of a major exhibition at Montreal's Dazibao gallery, and won the 2008 Montreal Arts Council Touring Exhibition competition.
His work on the 2012 Quebec Student Strike, in collaboration with Montreal photograher Philippe Montbazet, was the subject of a major exhibition at the Maison de la culture de Côte-des-neiges in March and April 2013 (see video below).
His documentary coverage of the impact of the 2004 coup d'état in Haiti was published in a full online dossier with the National Film Board of Canada's Citizenshift, and with the Haiti Information Project, winner of a 2008 Project Censored award for making events in Haiti one of the most important under-reported stories in the world. His stories on Haiti were picked up by independent news sites around the world, including Global Policy Forum, Pacific Free Press, Upside Down World, Rabble.ca, Open Salon, Dominion and many others.
His documentary work on the impact of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza during the Second Intifada was published by Chicago’s Electronic Intifada and became an exhibition exhibited in Montreal and in Winnipeg in 2004 and 2005. The exhibition was the winner of Concordia University's Prize for Contemporary Issues and the Heather walker Memorial Scholarship.
His images have been published in Canada by CBC-Radio-Canada, the Toronto Star, the National Post, La Presse, The Montreal Gazette, Chatelaine, Citizenshift (National Film Board of Canada), Montreal Mirror, Hour, Denière heure, Dominion, Red Pepper (UK), Canadian Dimension, Briarpatch Magazine, Alternatives le journal, Siafu Magazine, Tadamon! and Montreal Serai. His work has been published internationally with Aljazeera International, Electronic Intifada, Electronic Lebanon, MIFTAH (Jerusalem), Haiti Analysis and Haiti Action. The Media Gallery at Concordia University recently published the catalogue of his exhibition Haiti: Holdup.
Video of the opening of Between States (2006)
Video of a public visit to the exhibition Carré rouge : Droit de parole (2013)