Photography Instructors

Shlomi Amiga

Shlomi Amiga is a Toronto-based editorial photojournalist, an award-winning photographer, and a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). Driven by personal experiences and inspired by his photography studies at OCAD University, his main interests lie in photojournalism and portraiture. Shlomi’s work has been exhibited in different galleries around Toronto and published in the Toronto Star, The Grid TO, Photo Life Magazine, Popular Photography and more. Visit

Shlomi teaches Photographic Essays and Portraiture Photography

Students say,

“Presents technical info with great clarity & humour.”

“I can really apply my newly acquired technical knowledge to my advantage. I can’t say enough how effective this class was.”

“Thanks to this class I will be able to express myself through photography in a more effective way.”

Micah Donovan

Micah Donovan is a multi-media artist and television host whose work has appeared in major publications as well on Discovery Science, Food Network Canada, and Cooking Channel. He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the Kansas City Art Institute, where he studied printmaking, sculpture, and photography.

Micah teaches Composing and Creating Dynamic Images; Black & White Darkroom Techniques 101 and Black & White Darkroom Techniques 201

Students say,

“Micah was very good at remembering our goals for each of our images. He was able to help us with things beyond the scope of this course once we had understood the basics. He was very clear in his instruction too. I felt he had a genuine interest in our success.”

“The feedback helped me think about my photography & explore what kind of photographs I want to take.”

“I am more confident taking/developing pictures.”

“Micah is very engaging and draws in a lot sources to back up his discussion on framing, content, technique etc. Lots & links to research which he has shared. Lots of encouragement.”

Aubie Golombek

Aubie Golombek is a Toronto photographer who employs a sophisticated use of long exposure times and natural and artificial lighting to create his images, using a variety of printing papers, developers, and toners to realize his vision.

Aubie teaches The Origins of Photography and Black and White Photography using the Zone System

Tony Gray

Tony Gray picked up photography as a boy, taking apart (and often failing to rebuild) his father’s old cameras. Since then, his principle interests have grown to encompass fine art, colour, travel and night photography. He believes these areas afford a photographer wonderful opportunities to blend the vision, creativity, connection and otherness that give photography such artistic and expressive power. He holds a BA in philosophy (UofT) and a PhD in philosophy (MIT) and currently works at the University of Toronto. His photos, along with those of his students, have been exhibited in Boston and Toronto. Tony has taught photography classes at a variety of levels for 15 years.

Tony teaches Masters of Photography, Colour Night Photography, Travel and Street Photography Basics, Analogue Photography: When, When, Why and Fine Art Photography

Students say,

“Increased my love for photography.”

“I can now take part in real photography discussions confidently.”

“Makes potentially complex & confusing concepts very clear. Opens our eyes to the capabilities of your camera.”

Jonathan Groeneweg

Jonathan Groeneweg was born and raised in Calgary, residing in Toronto since 2010. Groeneweg holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in photography from the University of Calgary. Currently Groeneweg teaches at OCAD University and is co-owner of Smokestack Studio, a niche fine art print studio in Hamilton Ontario. Among his achievements, Groeneweg was selected as winner of the 2015 SNAP photography competition for best documentary submission, was the recipient of the 2013 RBC emerging photographer award, and his work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions within Canada and abroad. Additionally, he has traveled internationally on multiple photo/video projects, and developed a strong community-based arts practice via various educational, artist-in-residence, and outreach programs in conjunction with Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Toronto District School Board, Calgary Board of Education, and other community/non-profit organizations. Groeneweg’s artistic practice distorts traditional relations between image, scale, indexicality, and the photographic frame with a focused subject matter of gardens, ruins, and urban space. Addressing historic and contemporary issues within the discourses of documentary, landscape, philosophy, photography, sustainability, and urban development, Groeneweg explores the human/nature duality as a fundamental cultural construct exposing how this dialectic manifests in the ways humanity thinks about and acts towards the world we live in.

Jonathan teaches DSLR Photography, Documentary Photography and The Photographic Landscape

Students say,

“Very clear,. Informative, knowledgeable.”

““I developed more confidence with my camera and its manual functions and I fell like I can have more control over how images will turn out when shooting.”

“Thank you for reawakening my love and interest in photography.”

Anastasiya Martyts

Anastasiya is a 4th year Engineering Science student, studying biomedical engineering. Aside from researching a cure for diabetes and attempting to grow kidneys for transplant, she enjoys photography and art. Practicing both film and digital photography in her spare time, Anastasiya has also organized several art exhibitions, such as Skule Arts Festival and the Hart House Camera Club Exhibition of Photography, and has experience in matting and displaying artwork. Her photography has won a number of prizes and honorable mentions at every Hart House Exhibition of Photography since 2012.

Anastasiya teaches DIY Matting and Framing


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