Fran Hurcomb

North Slave
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B.A. Carleton University, Ottawa, 1970.

Moved to Yellowknife, NT in 1975.

Became freelance photographer/writer in 1980, after living for 3 years on a trapline.

I have published dozens of magazine articles, with photos, on northern cultural topics since then. Publications include Canadian Geographic; Up Here Magazine; Alaska Mushing Magazine; Canadian Living; Chatelaine; Magazine of the Americas; Maissoneuve; Reader’s Digest; Edge etc.

In 2010 I was shortlisted for my photos at the National Magazine Awards in the Photojournalist category.

I have written and published two children’s books; One Lucky Fish – 1998 and Going Places – 2008. Going Places was shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award sponsored by the Ontario Library Association.
Have also written and published three northern pictorial histories: Trapline to Finishline; the Story of the Canadian Championship Dog Derby - 2001; Inspired by Dreams: Twenty Years of Arctic Winter Games  - 2008; OldTown: a Photographic Journey Through Yellowknife’s Defining Neighbourhood – 2012.

As a result of 40 years of northern photography, I have a personal northern photo library of well over 100,000 photos. A forty year retrospective show of my photography, entitled “What I Saw” is on display at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre from April to September, 2015.

My photos can be seen and purchased at the Down to Earth Gallery in Yellowknife’s Old Town and at Visual Effects on 49th Street.




Last Updated: May 25, 2023

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