Nancy Bleck (Slanay Sp’ak’wus) has been working as a professional photographer since the age of 17 when she won the Expo 86 photography contest. While Nancy has worked as a fashion and entertainment photographer, her passion is for social issue projects. Another Adbusters alumni, she combined both of these interests photographing many of their ad parodies in the mid ‘90s. She followed this with work on ground-breaking campaigns for the Eating Disorder Resource Centre of BC. As an award-winning artist, she has exhibited widely internationally and her own work deals with contemporary concepts of land, sustainability, community, health and violence.
Nancy is co-founder of the Uts’am Witness project that connects wilderness conservation with First Nations culture, art and social justice. She was honored with a traditional name by the Squamish Nation, Slanay Sp’ak’wus, and given a mandate to photograph the community. In 1998 she was nominated for the VanCity Ethics in Action award. In 2007 she won the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her work with Uts’am Witness. The project has been turned into a book published by Douglas & MacIntyre and co-written with Katherine Dodds and Squamish Nation hereditary Chief Bill Williams.
For Hello Cool World, Nancy is our photographer of choice and has worked on many of our key campaigns including a flyer promoting sexual health education that was delivered to 1.3 million BC homes. Her work in the health field is extensive, having done large billboard campaigns for the BC Association for Community Living and covers of reports for the Vancouver Richmond Health Board. She has worked on numerous other projects for a range of clients such as I Have Immunity and LACE campaign, and a series of portraits for Chee Mamuk’s Leading the Way: Northern Chiefs Speak Out on HIV/AIDS, and the Honouring our Journey and Honouring our Voices books. She also did the photography for our Sisters Speak project.
She has a Masters in Fine Art from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2005), a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2000) where she currently teaches part time, and an Honours Diploma in Photography from Humber College (1989).