Susanne Ure is documentary photographer, photo editor and visual storyteller based in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. There she captures the continuing saga of a community of social justice activists dedicated to the pursuit of human rights and equality. Through their public expression of solidarity they maintain a quest for positive social change and accountability from heads of countries and public institutions. She is particularly interested in the contribution, visibility and leadership of women in the sphere of public citizenship. She believes in the power of the one voice – both that of the individual, and that of the collective.
Susanne began this long-term project while working at Amnesty International Canada between 2005 and 2013. Her work has appeared in Amnesty’s publications and digital channels in Canada and internationally. Since 2013 she has also undertaken assignments for Oxfam Canada, Inter Pares, Nature Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and Campact, a campaigning organization based in Germany. Her photograph, "A Bee at Work in the International Peace Garden", appears on the cover of Greenpeace Canada’s 2015 calendar.
In contrast to the sober tone of her documentary projects, Susanne’s personal work provides an emotional counter-balance, taking an expressive approach to local landscape, often subverting detail, and classic compositional elements like horizons and leading lines, in favour of colour, light and shadow, for a submersive, sometimes ecstatic and purely emotional rendering of the natural environment, akin to what she experienced as a child.
In 2013 Susanne was selected as one of Canada’s emerging photographers for her photograph "Afternoon on the Lime Kiln Trail".
She teaches at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.