A writer and a photographer, Wayne was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Canada in the early 1980s. After studying English Literature and Sociology at York University he developed a passion for photography upon discovering the works of Roy DeCarva. In his writing and his photographs, Salmon is concerned with issues of culture, identity and representation.
He is the founding editor of Umoja Urban Culture Magazine, co-founder and curator at Brickhouse Studio and Gallery, and is one of the founding members of SEEN, a collective of Black Canadian artists. He presently lives in Toronto where he works as a Program Facilitator, designing, implementing and evaluating creative programs to empower at risk youth.
Salmon’s writings have appeared in a variety of publications and his photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada and the US. Recent exhibitions include Reflections on Black at Heritage Canada, Bearing Witness at XEXE Gallery, and Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
He is currently at work on a collection of poems that incorporate carbon based images taken in Kensington Market, and a book of carbon/platinum prints documenting over ten years of the Toronto festival previously known as Caribana.
Wayne’s pastimes include reading, collecting rare jazz records, growing food and watching his five year old daughter chasing butterflies in the garden.