Ian Willms photographs the marks left upon communities by the passage of time and the intimacies of inevitable compromise. He communicates the emotional environment surrounding his subjects through an immersive and lyrical approach to any subject matter.
Based in Toronto, Willms is a founding member of Boreal Collective and is represented commercially by NAMARA. He has carried out assignments internationally, contributing to The New York Times, The International New York Times, Harper’s, TIME, The New Yorker, The Guardian Magazine and The Globe and Mail, among others. Willms holds an Honours Diploma in Photojournalism, previously worked as a contract photographer at The Toronto Star and completed the Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent mentorship.
His photo essays have won numerous awards and grants, including a Canada Council for the Arts grant, an Ontario Arts Council grant, the CONTACT Photography Festival Exhibition Award, three Magenta Foundation awards, a Pictures of the Year International award and a National Magazine Award.
Willms has shown his work in exhibitions and installations at venues around the world, including the Museum of Photographic Arts, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Photoville, CONTACT Gallery and O’Born Contemporary.