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Last Activity:
Feb 15, 2021
Very Experienced
Depends on Assignment
May 11, 2006

About Me

Photographer based between Toronto and Detroit.  Always eager to work with creative, passionate people and have been shooting Art/ Fashion photography for over 30 years.  Prefer artistic nudes but I also shoot portraits, fashion, erotic nudes & architecture.

Always working but still willing to take on TFP assignments, feel free to inquire.

Currently finishing a book project. All Models who participate in my artistic projects are also eligible to receive a financial return for their participation.  If you have any questions on how that works please drop me a line and I will respond.

I do get paying assignments from time to time and on those occasions Models get paid accordingly.  I have a fairly lucrative payment plan for my Art photography so please inquire about this if you are interested.

    "A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the
      less you know." -Diane Arbus

About me:
Christopher Cushman was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. Growing up in Detroit in the 60's and 70's gave him a unique perspective on people which is central to and has informed his work to this day. He received his degree in Design and Illustration from Ferris State University. He began his career in photography during the 80's attracted to portraiture as a means to understand the human condition. Christopher has had showings at various galleries in Detroit including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and at Toronto's AGO and has been extensively published. In 2004 he placed third in Wooloo's Master Picks out of a field of 24 finalists for his work entitled FIERCE! Christopher has specialized in dance photography and has had the honor of photographing dancers from over 50 dance companies including Alvin Ailey, Garth Fagen in New York and Toronto's Ballet Creole and Kashedance. In addition Christopher along with his friend Kevin Ormsby have published a book on Dance in 2008 entitled "Dance Through Life" and is completing two new volumes, one of portraiture and a documentary piece entitled FIERCE! Being Black, Being Gay. Christopher has resided in Toronto for the last 20 years.  To see more of my work please go to my website:

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Gallery Showings:
Urban Park Gallery, Greektown, Detroit Michigan
The Pittman-Pucket Gallery, Ferndale Michigan
Art Gallery Of Ontario (AGO), Toronto Ontario
The Pittman-Pucket Gallery, Ferndale Michigan
Ryerson University, Toronto Ontario
BAND Gallery, Toronto Ontario
Ryerson University, Toronto Ontario
Gladday Bookshop, Toronto Ontario
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Ontario
Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Detroit Michigan

Wooloo Master Pic’s - 2004 Third Place out off 24 winners – FIERCE!

Commissioned Work:
Ballet Creole Dance Theater, Poster for Soulful Messiah - 2008 Winter Program Ballet Creole Dance Theater, Poster for Spring Show - 2011 Spring Program Ballet Creole Dance Theater, 2007-2014 Promotional Photography Kashedance, 2009-2015 Promotional Photographer
Austin Clarke, Portrait For HarperCollins 2009
Kevin Ormsby, Portrait – Kashedance Theater 2009
Lance T. McCready, Book Cover 2010
Ballet Creole Dance Theater, Poster for Soulful Messiah - 2010 Winter Program dance Immersion, 2012/16 Season
Marlon M. Bailey, Book Cover 2013
Kashedance 5 Year Anniversary Poster 2014
dance Immersion, 2014/15 Season
Ballet Creole 25th Anniversary Calendar 2015

Janssen Press, Black 4, 2007
Dance Through Life, 2008
EpiphanyNoir, 2009
Alvin Ailey Student Program, Global Harmony, 2009
Making Space for Diverse Masculinities, 2010
Pluralism In The Arts In Canada – A Change Is Going To Come, 2012 Butch Queens In Pumps, University Of Michigan Press 2012
10X10 Project, 2014
FIERCE! Being Black, Being Gay (draft publish date 2016)
Ovahness! - The Toronto Ball Scene (publish date Spring 2019)
BLACKBOOK 30 (draft 2014/ Publish date 2016)
Lost Island In The Six, 2017

Exposé Entertainment Magazine, Nov 08 Issue, Bell and Pen Galas
Exposé Entertainment Magazine, Jan 09 Issue, Austin Clark and Fashion Cares Dance Current, Apr 2010, The Aesthetic Of Cool
Toronto Globe and Mail, Dec 12th, 2010 Edition/Art Section
Ottawa Citizen, Jun 13 2011, Leaner, Smaller More Intimate
The WIG, Jun 15 2011, B-Boyism and Beyond
Sway Magazine, Kashedance & Recalcitrare at the Canadian Dance Festival
Canadian Dance Festival, Jun 16 2011, Kashedance
Creative Edge Arts Review, Jul 2011, Kashedance
Huffington Post, Oct 2011, Dance = Life
FAB Magazine, Oct 2011 And It Don’t Stop
Dance Current, Jan 2012, Life Is But A Dream
TO Live With Culture, Jan 2012, Black History In Focus
INToronto Magazine, Feb 2012, Toronto Ball Scene
INToronto Magazine, Jul 2012, The Great Canadian Kiss-Off
XTRA!, Feb 2012, Finding A Gay Family
XTRA!, July 2012, Cover, Queering Caribana
FAB! Magazine, Oct 2012, Legends of the Ball
FAB! Magazine, January 2013, Photography Issue Cover
FAB Magazine, January 30, 2013, Many Shades Of Black
Xtra! January 30, 2013, More Than “Good Face”
Toronto Star, January 31, 2013, Tribute: A Moving History of Canadians Blacks At Harbourfront
INToronto Magazine, Feb 2013, Couples Finding Love
Dance Current, Jan/Feb 2014, Cover and enclosed photos of Toronto Vogue Ball Scene
Globe and Mail, March 17, 2014, Just Dance
Toronto Star, April 4, 2014, Kashedance Sidesteps Steriotypes
Dance Current, May June 2015, Kevin Ormsby’s Cashet
The North American Gleaner, November 19, 2015, Dance Explores Themes in Marley’s Music and issues of Homophobia
Xtra!, November 2015, Peace, Love, and Jamaican Homophobia
Toronto Star, November 2015, The Ebb and Flow of Ballet Creole