About Us

The BIPOC Photo Mentorship Program began in Toronto in September 2020 as a way to address systematic barriers faced by emerging BIPOC photographers, and with a goal to encourage diversity in the industry. Since that time, more than 190 mentorship opportunities have been offered by 90 professional photographers and members of the photographic industry from Canada and the US. The mentorships have varied in structure and content; from fielding business questions by phone, providing on-set opportunities, giving project-specific critique via Zoom and Facetime, offering structured research and shooting assignments, to hosting virtual group-based check-ins and encouragement.

Contact Us

BPM is run by Heather Morton and admin assistant Jessica Lee. Follow us on Instagram: @bipocphotomentorship

If you have any questions about the program, please email us at: info@bipocphotomentorship.com

Press and Recognition

BPM founder Heather Morton was interviewed by aphotoeditor.com about the program in October 2021. The article can be found here or click on the link to the right.

In the spring of 2021, BPM was the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant in partnership with Gallery 44 which has allowed both organizations to provide monetary and matching support to selected mentees and mentors. For more information about Gallery 44 and this program, please visit their website.

The program was profiled last fall by Toronto’s Photo Laureate, Michèle Pearson Clarke, in her monthly Toronto Star column. Read about it here or click the link to the right.

From aphotoeditor.com, October 19, 2021. Image by mentee Janice Reid.