Bio

 
 

Hans' photographs are distributed worldwide by "Masterfile,"

Canada's largest stock image agency, where he has been

a contributor for over 30 years.







In addition to travelling the country in search of unforgettable images, Hans has found the time to publish several books of various interests, including children’s books, some in collaboration with other experts. The text for "Sciencescape - the Nature of Canada" (Oxford University Press Canada), for example, was written by eminent scientist and broadcaster, David Suzuki. Hans' latest book, based on his experiences with northern people, "The Voice of the Natives-The Canadian North and Alaska", originally published in English (Penumbra Press) and German (Verlag M.u.H von ger Linden,Wesel Germany), has been translated into Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit and published by foto blohm - associates ltd.

 

Let’s do it again ...

The list of Hans' clients reads like a "Who's Who" of Canadian institutions and enterprises. His assignments have taken him to locales ranging from the exotic to the highly prestigious. The first-ever production of a photographic catalog of all artworks in the custody of the National Gallery was undertaken by Hans and another photographer on the occasion of the Gallery's 100th anniversary. His work in the Canadian House of Commons has found him at various times perched on top of the Speaker's table or constructing a special "tent" to control lighting around the highly polished Speaker's mace. And how many photographers have had the occasion to support their camera with a solid gold bar while working deep within the main vault of the Royal Bank of Canada !



Canada's North and Northern People have long held a particular fascination for Hans. He has criss-crossed the high arctic by floatplane taking thousands of aerial photographs, has personally driven four times from his home in Ottawa over the Mackenzie Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea (logging over 25000 km on a single trip) , and has explored by sailboat the remote, uninhabited fjords of Labrador.


An altogether different aspect of Hans' work has focussed on the High Technology sector. Images of integrated circuits captured on Hans' research microscope have appeared in the corporate publications of Nortel, Mitel Semiconductor (now Zarlink) and Mosaid. A number of these, blown up into large backlit mural panels, were used to create a stunning panoramic array greeting visitors upon their arrival at Mitel's main reception lobby.



To date, Canada Post has produced no fewer than 18 commemorative and decorative special issue stamps using Blohm images. The first stamp to feature Blohm photography was for National Art Gallery 100th Anniversary and portrayed a sculpture.


Other published titles have included:

"THE BEAUTY OF BC." (Methuen Publishing)

"THE BEAUTY OF ONTARIO" (Methuen Publishing)

"THE BEAUTY OF QUEBEC" (Methuen Publishing)

"THE BEAUTY OF THE MARITIMES" (Methuen Publishing)

"ALASKA" (Oxford University Press Canada)

"PEBBLES TO COMPUTERS" (Oxford University Press Canada)

"EGGCARTON ZOO" (Oxford University Press Canada)

"EGGCARTON ZOO II" (Oxford University Press Canada)

“Congratulations to my dear friend, fellow photographer and author, Hans Blohm, for being appointed a Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.  The official announcement came early this afternoon <November 3, 2011> from Rideau Hall.  The honour pays tribute to Hans' lifelong commitment to ‘preserving Canada's northern heritage through the lens of his camera’.”   Claus Vogel,  Freelance travel and outdoor photojournalist

Blohm published Pebbles to Computers with Anthony Stafford Beer (Oxford University Press), with an introduction by David Suzuki. The book traces the evolution of technology from early pebble to computers through information storage devices such as the Phaistos Disc in Crete, Stonehenge, and medieval calculators.


Blohm invested over six years of research and travel (to thirteen countries) before the book was published. As well as the book, an international exhibit, and a one hour TVOntario documentary were produced.