NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, June 17th, 2015
We spoke with Jamie back in November 2013 at our Toronto meeting. At the time, Ms Fleck was searching for cameras and preparing her documentary on Kirk. She has since completed her work and we are please to hear her discussion of Photos by Kirk (directed by Jamie Day Fleck) at the coming Toronto meeting.
Jamie Day Fleck was born in Florida, moving to Toronto at an early age. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and started her commercial photography career there, relocating back to Toronto in 2011.
Portraiture was the basis for her photographic exploration, as well as her subjects’ relationships to their environment. This has led her into documentary filmmaking, where she continues to study characters and their stories with her lens. She received her MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University in 2014.
The public is welcome. Go to our Programs page for times and directions.
Photos by Kirk tells the story of an Armenian Genocide survivor who immigrated to America in 1920 and worked as a photographer in the Bronx from the 1920’s to 1970’s. Kourken Hovsepian (professionally known as Kirk) photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, confirmations and local events. His photographs document a unique period in New York City’s history and the ethnically diverse inhabitants. Though he lost his whole family in the tragic events of 1915 in Turkey, Kirk’s story revives the American Dream and what it means to document generations of celebratory events in other people’s lives and families.