Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author, and speaker based in Toronto, Canada. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals around the globe. Since 1998, her work has taken her to almost sixty countries.
McArthur’s first book, We Animals, was published in 2014 by Lantern Books. Her new book, Captive, was published by Lantern Books in 2017.
McArthur was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocated for their rights as sentient beings.
Her newest endeavour, The Unbound Project, with co-author Dr. Keri Cronin, is a photographic project that celebrates female leaders at the forefront of animal advocacy, both contemporary and historical.
McArthur’s photography and writing has been in publications such as National Geographic and National Geographic Traveller, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Lens Culture, the LA Times, Elle Canada, Parade, Canadian Geographic, DAYS Japan, Helsingin Sanomat, Der Spiegel, PhotoLife magazine, Huffington Post, Outdoor Photography, Feature Shoot and Alternatives Journal. In addition, We Animals images have been used by more than 100 organizations, publishers and academics to advocate for animals.
McArthur speaks internationally at schools, universities and conferences on the subjects of photography, the human-animal relationship, social change and empathy. Recent (2018) keynote speaking engagements have included the Critical Animal Studies conference in Mexico, the GDT nature photo festival in Germany, the Civic Journalism Lab at Newcastle University, UK, the Animal Legal Defense Fund conference in the US, Humane Canada’s annual animal welfare conference in Calgary, Canada, and at Harvard Law school. In 2018, McArthur was also a visiting scholar at the University of British Colombia’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.
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