Ruth Steinberg is a Canadian photographer based in Ottawa.
Well before I ever picked up a camera I discovered the works of Diane Arbus and Dorothea Lange. Although the subjects of their photography differ, what these artists have in common is their curiosity and deep compassion for the marginalized and “unseen” among us. By showing us images of the dispossessed, these artists brought their stories and circumstances to the mainstream and gave dignity to people oftentimes overlooked.
Like these artists, I have been drawn to comment on some of the contemporary social questions of our time, not as a documentary photographer but through my artistic interpretation of events or issues. I want to make visible the people and circumstances that we might otherwise ignore, especially the elderly and those who are isolated or marginalized.