Albert Normandin

“Innocence” While in Myanmar, Albert Normandin was drawn to an abandoned building on a country road, far from the nearest village. To his surprise, he found this mesmerizing young girl inside, who allowed him to photograph her. As she stood there, he became aware of the posters in the background that, in his words, “added a strange contrast to the scene. The posters are examples of what young girls are bombarded with. The symbol of the perfect sexy girl that is popular and desired, what society pressures our children into believing they should be like.”

Albert hopes the juxtaposition of the innocent child and the glorified poster girls will shock and disturb people, and help them realize the need to change the mindset of the younger generations. “They don’t have to strive to be a poster sex symbol. It is good to be who they are, to accept the true, honest beauty that is within them,” says Albert.

Albert Normandin was born and raised in the small French community of Maillardville, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. At an early age, Albert discovered he had a fascination with photography, as he wandered around with a Kodak Brownie box camera his mother had given him. He also recalls looking through National Geographic magazines and seeing the names of countries like Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. He didn’t fully understand the attraction back then, but just knew that one day he had to go there. Spending his teenage years building racecars, he eventually settled into a career as a technician in the graphic arts industry. In the back of his mind he kept saying, “One day I will be a photographer”.
Taking a workshop with the legendary Jay Maisel finally gave him the kick he needed. And after ten years as a technician, he quit on a Friday, bought a one-way ticket to New York City and landed on Maisel’s doorstep on Monday morning looking for work. Three and a half years later, Albert returned to Maillardville to establish his own photographic career. He successfully sought advertising and corporate/industrial clients, receiving a wide range of assignments and winning awards for the work he produced.
As his career progressed, so did the dream of world travels. His first major trip did include Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. With over 28 years in the career of his dreams, Albert continues to challenge himself with his personal work and travels to the more remote regions of the world.