Often called the "Margaret Bourke White of Canada," celebrated photographer, Nance Ackerman has been taking pictures around the world for over 25 years. Her work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Canadian Geographic, New York Times, and Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. Her photographs of First Nations women have been exhibited at the Aperture Foundation in New York and she freelances for the Smithsonian Institution, documenting Indigenous cultures. Ackerman's book, Womankind: Faces of Change Around the World – a collection of portraits and essays of women activists around the world – was released in 2003, and in 2005 Ackerman turned her eye to directing social documentary films. Her first film, the National Film Board feature documentary Cottonland, brought in numerous awards and three Gemini Nominations.

Since then she has made several more award-winning documentaries and an animated short. In 2009, she co-created the multi media web experience, The Anniversary Project, which explores the lives of twenty of Canada's children living below the poverty line. Ackerman also teaches at University of Kings College, in Halifax, and offers International photography workshops around the world.  Presently she is in development on several film and web projects, and composes soundtracks with her partner, Jamie Alcorn, at their studio in Halifax, Heartstring Productions 


Nance Ackerman
Heartstring Productions