VEN-REZ PRODUCTS, Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Flora MacLeod, Vice President, Business Development:
Thank you so much David [for our photography of Ven-Rez shelving at the new King City Public Library, King Township, Ontario]. They look great! We will add them to our website on our next update.
BUILDING magazine, Toronto. Peter Sobchak, Editor:
Hi David, these turned out really well. I really like the group shot. Thanks very much.
CANADIAN INTERIORS, Toronto. Michael Totzke, Editor:
“Oh oh oh oh oh:  This is going to be fucking amazing! I say that after seeing two images. I’m so thrilled, I really am. You’re bringing the human element to the magazine. And you are a fantastic photographer, making the subject feel totally at ease.”
D, the lighting is great. I know just how hard it is to shoot interiors — judging by how the few photographers who excel at it are used all the time.
For your reference, I’ve attached low-res versions of the images I’m using. They are AMAZING.
The Levys shot is SO GOOD! Don’t you think?
Lasker, who produces Who’s Who (page 47) - far and away our most popular department - brought his eye and expertise to the final third of our T. O. trio: the au courant offices of IDC/ARIDO (“Letter perfect,” page 31). One of the country’s most distinguished design writers arid editors (among other things, he was once the editor of this magazine), Lasker has little time for reporting these day, heading up his own successful PR and communications firm. Persuading him to take on this assignment was for me a personal coup.
For last year’s edition, I cooked up a special words-and-pictures feature for associate editor David Lasker (a man as adept with a camera as he is at the keyboard) to take on. I called it “Designers at work,” which would capture a working day in the life of a prominent design firm. First up was Toronto-based Figure3 Interior Design, and the end result pleased me so much that I regarded it as the first in a series.
When it came time to plan this year’s issue, I thought: Let’s mix it up a little. It was then I recalled the Figure3 shot I like best: creative partner Christopher Wright hunkered down in a cozy huddle area, one of his favourite spaces in the office. Eureka. I asked Lasker to capture a half-dozen of so Toronto designers where they felt most comfortable and creative. The end result is another gem, thanks to Lasker the photographer and Lasker the writer: engaging portraits of seven Toronto designers hitting the pause button during a typical working day (“On the job,” page 53).
A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to “rebrand” myself, so to speak, by replacing the illustration that graced this column with a portrait. And so I put myself in the capable hands of Canadian Interiors associate editor David Lasker, who produces our Who’s Who section. Thanks, David, for making the process - mortifying to me in the past - painless and even enjoyable. I’m feeling brand-new.
Cayman Marshall International Realty, Port Carling, Ont. Greg Armishaw, Advertising Director:
The photos are stunning! I’m thrilled with the quality of your work. This looks so good. Way to go David!
ROBERT G. HILL, FRAIC, KPMB Architects, Toronto. Author, The Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada: 1800-1950:
You, as the photographer, can see the potential of a composition that can capture the design details as well as the essence and atmosphere of a place.
[Re event photography and text on design-related parties] . This is such an important record of the players and personalities in the A&D community in Toronto.
Informa Canada, Toronto, owner of The Interior Design Show and The Buildings Show.. Tracy Bowie, Vice President:
David is an amazing photographer.
Kasian Architecture Design and Planning, Vancouver. Carol Jones, Principal:
LOVE the shots! These are great, David.
Erik Moran Design, Vancouver. Erik Moran:
I’ve downloaded all the files from David (thank you) and checked all the pics. All photos supplied are superb.
Mount Washington Group Sales, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Susan M. Presby, Owner:
I love your photography.  Your writing is the perfect complement.  You captured the essence of the Cog [Railway] experience in such a great way.  Looking forward to seeing what other great photos you have in that magic camera.
National Historic Sites, Parks Canada.  Kyle Allen, Interpretation Officer, Fortress of Louisbourg, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia:
The images are impressive! The firework pictures are perfect, they would make amazing promotional shots.
The Ventin Group Architects Ltd. (+VG), Brantford, Ontario. Paul Sapounzi, OAA, FRAIC, Assoc. AIA, Managing Partner:
David, you did a beautiful job. There are many very useful images.
Wagstaff Worldwide, Chicago. Emmy Carragher, Account Executive:
Your visit to Chicago certainly looks fantastic – your images are truly stunning.
Jane Zeidler, art consultant, Toronto:
Hi David, the pictures are brilliant. MAY I BUY THEM ALL.
Zoomer magazine, Toronto. Julie Matus, Photo Editor:
I love your work David. Thanks so much.
Arlene Stacey, Managing Editor:
Your photography is great!
Stephanie White, Art Director:
Thanks David. I’ve been loving your photographs by the way.
I did get your photos! They are fantastic.
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