Barbara Cole on the Underwater Podcast


In their most recent episode, the Underwater Podcast speaks with Barbara Cole about her multifaceted photography practice.

Cole, predominantly an underwater figurative photographer and artist has also spent over a decade learning and perfecting the wet-collodion process with equipment from the late 1800's. This episode traces through Cole's early experiences underwater, her trials and tribulations, and why she keeps coming back to the medium over all these years.

Listen to the Cole speak about her process below.


about Barbara Cole

Barbara Cole is an award-winning Canadian photographer who is known for her distinct and timeless aesthetic. Cole has exhibited internationally and is extensively collected by both public and private institutions. 

Throughout her career, Cole has worked internationally on commercial projects and has created several large-scale commissions, including an installation for the atrium at the M. Lau Breast Cancer Centre in Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital. Her series Underworld was exhibited at the Canadian Embassies in Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

Cole has won prestigious awards such as the Grand Prize at the Festival International de la Photographie de Mode in Cannes, and third prize at the International Photography Awards in New York. In 2012, the acclaimed documentary series Snapshot: The Art of Photography II featured an episode devoted exclusively to Cole’s photographic practice. Barbara Cole lives and works in Toronto, Canada.



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