About PhotoSensitive

Brief History

The brainchild of Toronto Star photographer Andrew Stawicki and former Star graphics editor Peter Robertson, PhotoSensitive was founded in 1990 as a non-profit collective of photographers determined to explore how photography can contribute to social justice. Their idea was to bring together the photographic talents of a number of Toronto-based professional photographers, to harness the power of the camera to achieve social goals. Each photographer would bring his or her own vision to the subject; the sum of these visions would provide a compelling social comment.

Today PhotoSensitive is branching out to include the talents of photographers from across Canada and seeks to photograph issues that affect our social well-being.

Our work is defined by the following characteristics:

Social Issues

PhotoSensitive projects focus on realities with which North Americans are familiar, including poverty, hunger, illness, racism, ignorance, injustice. But it concentrates, too, on their antidotes: the hope found in the face of adversity, the laughter and love that make the difficulties of life tolerable, the simple pleasures that lighten dark lives. The photographers use the camera's ability to tell a story, make social comment, and spur viewers to action.

Black and White

PhotoSensitive believes that still photographs, especially in black and white, have a way of touching people in a unique way. By working exclusively in black and white, the photographers force viewers to concentrate on the image rather than the photograph.


Photographers who contribute to PhotoSensitive projects as volunteers, give their time to photography that falls outside of their professional work.

Photo Galleries by Popular Theme

2004 TsunamiAIDS in Africa imagesChild PovertyCancer and Cancer SurvivorsChildren at Sick Kids HospitalChildren with DisabilitiesEnergy Conservation and UseFacing Adversity With Strength WithinFirst Nations Peoples and LiteracyHIV PositiveHomelessness in TorontoOntario Trillium FoundationProstate CancerImages Against RacismImages of RwandaWater Conservation and Use