Aaron Vincent Elkaim was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1981. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies before moving on to study photojournalism at Loyalist College where he received the student vision award. Aaron has been the recipient of numerous arts grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. He has also been awarded the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant for his project “Where the River Runs Though” which explored hydroelectric development in the Brazilian Amazon. Aaron is based out of Toronto Canada, but works on assignments and projects across Canada and internationally.
Elkaim’s practice explores colonialist narratives of traditional and indigenous cultures as they grapple with the industrialization of their lands. His series Sleeping with the Devil, won the Daylight Photography Award and examined the community of Fort McKay First Nation as they grappled with economic dependence on the Alberta Oil Sands industry that surrounded them – impacting their land, water and traditional way of life. Elkaim believes that traditional indigenous knowledge and spirituality offer a system of values useful in our modern times of over consumption.
Aaron's work has been recognized by a number of institutions including PDN Photo Annual, the Society of Designers Publication Awards, American Photography, the Magenta Foundation, the Lucie Awards, and FotoVisura, among others. His clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, and The Globe and Mail.