Photographer, Visual Artist
1987 – 2008
Who was Hamish Kippen?
Hamish Kippen was a Canadian fashion photographer and former national and international junior athlete. Born in Belfast, he emigrated with his parents and sisters Alice and Mairi to Toronto, Canada, on 19 December 1989. Educated at Jackman Junior Public School, Duke of Connaught Middle School, Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, and finally the Image Arts program at Ryerson University between 2005 and 2007.
Following gymnastics training as a young child, Hamish turned to platform and springboard diving in his teenage years, first becoming Ontario provincial champion and then Canadian national champion. He represented Canada in many competitions, including the Junior Pan American Games in Mexico City in 2001 and two FINA Junior World Championships. He retired from competitive diving in 2005.
Hamish left Ryerson to pursue a career as a freelance fashion photographer after he won Flare magazine's Communications Award in 2007. He became a regular contributor to Flare, and shot for many other fashion magazines including Clin d'Oeil, Noi.se magazine, Wedding Bells, Zink, and the online magazine Cheek. He was in great demand for his work with new models, and he was widely recognized to be one of the most promising photographers of his generation.
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