John L. Perret
I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in the heart of the grain belt, in 1950.
My education in the arts started early in high school with extended classes at the Mendel Art Gallery and at the University of Saskatchewan. I attended the University of Saskatchewan where I earned a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in art, awarded in 1974. That same year I was hired and taught art and photography at the high school level. For the past 30 years I have owned and operated a business called Light Line Photography and most recently expanded to include publishing. I am a member in good standing within the Saskatchewan Professional Photographers community.
I have conducted in-service courses on art and photography for the Saskatoon Catholic Board of Education as well as teaching at the University of Saskatchewan and numerous lectures for various camera clubs and wildlife organizations in Saskatchewan. I have had a number of prints accepted to the National Loan Collection of Canada.
Selling and marketing images makes up a good part of my income. My work is on display in several galleries around Saskatoon. I have images on file with Getty Images in the USA.
I have numerous awards and achievements. I have won scenic and digital category and have received other awards in various competitions. In May 2000 I launched "Saskatchewan In Sight". My books are the work of years of travelling and photographing the prairies and Canada. The book was republished in March 2005. I received the prestigious FUJI award. This award is given to photographers who have created the very best photography in Canada. I have contributed photographs to Bill Waiser's projects for the Saskatchewan centennial and various other books. In 2017 I published a new book called "Love This Saskatchewan" I have retired from teaching high school and my wife and I will spend more time travelling and photographing.
I have taken up the challenge to portray the prairies in a unique way. I addition to these challenges, there is always the drama of nature that I find endlessly fascinating. My long term goal is to continue to produce photographic images of high impact and outstanding quality.