Ian Willms (b. 1985) is a photographic storyteller who is represented by Panos Pictures and NAMARA. His visual practice resides between long form documentary and contemporary photography. The inevitability of passing time and compromise are common threads that run throughout his longterm photo essays, which strive to convey the emotional landscape through visual lyricism.

Ian's pacifist Mennonite ancestors fled violent persecution in Russia in 1923 before settling in Canada. As a child, Ian was raised by his independent, Bahá'í, feminist mother in a subsidized apartment building for at-risk women. These experiences shaped his empathetic and socially concerned disposition, which informs his work today.

Ian lives in Toronto and is available for assignments worldwide.

(Photo by Stan Williams)

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