Ted Grant

“In the Beginning” In sixty years of photographing news, sporting events and important people around the world, Ted Grant has shot hundreds of thousands of images, and yet: “Every time I’ve had the opportunity to photograph the birth of a child, it is a very moving experience,” says Ted. It was especially so when he took this photo.
“To be in attendance when your daughter is giving birth to her child, my about-to-be granddaughter—the emotional impact is beyond one’s wildest imagination. Then to have the great pleasure of watching this wee human grow into a beautiful young lady is a blessing few have the good fortune to do right from the beginning. Indeed, a life-changing experience.”

In 2008 Ted Grant, one of Canada’s most accomplished photojournalists with more than 280,000 images held in the National Archives of Canada, was honoured by the University of Victoria with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree in recognition of his remarkable career. This number of images is enhanced by another 100,000 images in the National Gallery of Canada’s Museum of Contemporary Photography. These images combine the largest collection by an individual photographer in the history of Canada In 1999 Grant, along with fellow photographic legend Yousuf Karsh, received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications.

The father of Canadian photojournalism who has been creating iconic images for over half a century, quietly clicking with “the eye of an artist, the concentration of a surgeon, and the reflexes of a cat”. Ted Grant has covered international assignments from Vietnam to the children of Chernobyl. Ted Grant’s outstanding reputation as a photojournalist and commercial photographer spans a career of sixty years. He has covered major news and sports events, political campaigns and his books range from cowboys of the west to the international medical scene in his This is Our Work. The Legacy of Sir William Osler—a master piece book. Grant has published eight books, three of them dedicated to the work of medical professionals. In 2003, Doctors’ Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler was republished, followed in 2004 by Women in Medicine: A Celebration of Their Work, co-authored with Sandy Carter.

Still actively engaged in a profession he loves with great passion this 84-year-old is about to embark on a major book project on medical students in training. A three continent project of a year.