Canadian photographer, Tom Zsolt has been documenting the changing Ontario countryside for over 25 years. His exhibition, Ontario Gothic, during Contact ’98 in Toronto, caught the imagination of the public and of publisher Roger Boulton of Kearns, Vander Meersch & Boulton, who in 1999 published County Matters, Zsolt’s first book. This major work documented the changing land, people and lifestyles in rural Ontario and was well received by the public and the media. Country Matters was short listed as one of five finalists for the Roloff Beny Award for the best book of photography by a Canadian published that year.
In 2009, Zsolt’s work was selected to be part of a major exhibit in Beijing, China titled Canadian Cameras at Work. This exhibit, so well received, was then extended to a 10 city tour of China. Zsolt’s photograph Niagara Falls, depicting Asian tourists being photographed before Niagara Falls in winter, was selected as the poster image for the ten city Chinese tour.
In May 2015, the Georgina Art Centre, as part Toronto’s Festival of Photography, Contact 2015, are exhibiting a major body work of Zsolt’s new and old portraits. Reluctant Subject, Canadian Portraits by Tom Zsolt includes photographs from four decades and is the first glimpse of the book by the same title, planned for release in late 2016.
Tom Zsolt lectures internationally and has appeared on CITY-TV, CTV, TVO, and in numerous radio interviews including with Andy Barry of the CBC. His work has appeared in on the cover of novels and in magazines including Photo Life. He exhibits in Ontario and in California and is collected by private individuals, corporations and institutions including Ryerson University, Georgina Art Centre, Robert Kearns Gallery, and Borealis Capital. Tom Zsolt lives in the Town of Georgian in rural Ontario.