WorkSpace Canada is a photo documentary by Martin Weinhold. The project’s goal is an overall picture of Canada depicted by portraits of Canadians at work. From 2006 to 2016 the photographer already covered Canada from the east to the west coast. In 2020 the entire country shall be represented in this exceptional visual legacy.
The photo documentary WorkSpace Canada is Martin Weinhold's most ambitious venture. The project’s goal is an overall picture of contemporary Canada that shows a multifaceted portrait of a nation at work, covering all of the country's provinces and territories. Since 2006 the photographer keeps constantly adding new areas and more jobs/occupations to complement the collection. In 2020 the mission shall be accomplished. It will be leaving Canadians an exceptional visual legacy. For generations to come this archive will offer a general view onto Canadian life and onto today’s world of work. WorkSpace Canada is a great narrative about the relationship between person and workplace and a visual journey that takes the viewer from coast to coast, from the southern border to the tundra in Nunavut.
The project is inspired by the work of political theorist Hannah Arendt. In her book The Human Condition she distinguishes between labour, work and action as important elements for the realization of our human capacities. WorkSpace Canada examines the individual choices people make in a world where most of us are bound to gainful employment and all of us have a limited life time only to make their dreams come true.
The current collection contains about 3,500 photographs featuring Canadians in all provinces and in Nunavut. WorkSpace Canada is a self-initiated and self-financed project. It is supported by Ryerson University (Toronto), Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa) and the John-F-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (Berlin).