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Dolores Breau

Dolores Breau

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Year of Graduation: 1978
Program: Applied Photography

Master of her craft

Despite over 34 years of experience and a prestigious Master of Photographic Arts designation under her belt, Dolores Breau still gets giddy describing a long-past encounter with her idol photographer the great Yousuf Karsh. Her second year class at Sheridan was helping out at the National Professional Photographers Association banquet at which Mr. Karsh was the guest speaker. After the event, the students waited in a long line to meet the famous photographer. “When I finally got to shake his hand, I froze and could not utter a word and, even worse, I could not let go of him,” recalls Dolores. “Finally, someone - likely my teacher, Doug Bolt – took me by the shoulders and steered me away. Mr. Karsh was laughing quite hard and was very nice about it all. I was in total awe! No one has ever affected me that way before or since.”

Dolores went on the graduate with honours in 1978, receiving awards for best student, studio, photojournalism and portraiture awards. She has built a very successful commercial studio and taught applied photography for more than 20 years in various postsecondary institutions throughout her home province of New Brunswick.

The Masters of Photographic Arts bestowed on her by the Professional Photographers of Canada in 2011 is the most recent of three previous awards Dolores has received from the national association. Among her additional honours are a Meritorious Award, a Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Service Award from the Maritime Professional Photographers Association.

Since 1981, Dolores has also pursued independent work. Her company, Les arts photographiques Dolores Breau Photographic Arts, offers various photographic services to a diverse clientele. Her work includes event, portrait, corporate, artistic and industrial photography, as well as art work reproduction. More than 50 exhibitions in Canada and the United States have featured her photography. Recently she was published in the prestigious Paris magazine Le Monde in 126 French countries.

Now based in Moncton/Dieppe, Dolores grew up on a farm in the Memramcook Valley of New Brunswick. “We had a lot of wooded areas on the farm so playing in the forest made me see everything in miniscule. The seasons with their different flowers, colours and lights were an everyday tableau for me,” says Dolores, who began taking pictures after receiving a camera for her eighth birthday. Since then, her quest to pursue her art has been a continuous journey, says Dolores. “Photography is an ever-changing technology that keeps me learning all the time. It is an ongoing challenge to best reflect what is in front of my lens, which I believe to be true artistic expression.”