V. Tony Hauser

“Living with Land Mines” Confronted with people who suffer from seemingly overwhelming adversity, V. Tony Hauser describes his first reaction as often a sense of helplessness. “I’m not a medicine man or a priest, capable of mending a body or saving a soul,” says Tony. “I’m a photographer. All I do is observe the world around me, and most often I seek to find beauty in everything at which I point my camera.”
After spending three weeks documenting how people in India and Cambodia cope with HIV/AIDS, Tony took some time to photograph the human accomplishments and beauty of the historic ruins of Angkor Wat. While impressed by the artistry of the ancient temples and uplifted by their magnificence, he found a different kind of beauty in the shadows of the temples, on a side road to Angkor Wat: the dignity of these young victims of land mines.
Even after some twenty years of peace, land mines remain hidden in the landscape of Cambodia and many other countries where past conflicts have ravaged the population.
Which pictures have the ability to change the world or mend a body or save a soul? Perhaps each image does, depending on who sees the photos and what they then decide to do …

V. Tony Hauser is renowned as one of Canada’s leading portrait photographers. Over his forty-year career he has honed his craft as a specialist in black and white printing. Hauser has always been committed to the creation of outstanding archival black and white photographs, both in silver and platinum metals. His photographs are included in permanent collections of the National Archives of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and numerous collections around the world. Hauser’s photographs have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, The Banff Centre, The Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, at Canada House in London, England, The Hamburg State Opera in Germany, and at the National Museum of Culture in Quito, Ecuador to name just a few.
Hauser is a passionate anti-landmine activist. He has spoken against landmines in universities across Canada, as well as in Slovenia, USA, England, Korea, China, and Spain. His exhibition entitled Living with Land Mines features portraits of Cambodian children who have survived a landmine accident.