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Date: October 30, 2008

Honorary Degrees For Photojournalist, Actor-Artist

The University of Victoria’s 2008 fall convocation ceremonies on Nov. 10 and 12 will include honorary degree presentations recognizing the lifetime achievements of pioneering photojournalist Ted Grant and versatile artist Duncan Regehr.

Grant—the “father of Canadian photojournalism”—has been involved in the practice and teaching of the medium in Canada for more than 55 years. His work provides a rich visual record of the arts, politics, athletics and medicine in Canada and around the world. Some 280,000 of his pictures are in the National Archives of Canada, the result of his donation of his life’s work.

Among the highlights of his career, Grant documented the right-to-die campaign of Sue Rodriquez, the children of Chernobyl, and the Vietnam War in addition to all of the summer and winter Olympics, Commonwealth and Pan-American Games between 1968 and 1998. He was also the photographic coordinator of the 2004 Victoria Commonwealth Games.

His best-known photographs include the 1968 shot of Pierre Trudeau sliding down a hotel banister, and the triumphant image of sprinter Ben Johnson after winning gold at the Seoul Olympics (only to be stripped of the medal 24 hours later).

He has also devoted a considerable portion of his career to medical photography, publishing Women in Medicine: A Celebration of Their Work and Doctor’s Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler.

A resident of Saanich, Grant will receive his honorary doctor of laws degree at the convocation ceremony on Monday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

Regehr is a classically trained actor, visual artist and author. The volume and breadth of his work defines the term “multi-media artist.” He began acting professionally at age 15, launching a lifetime of work as a performer and director of national and international productions for stage, film, radio and television.

In the late 1960s and early ‘70s he performed with the UVic-associated Victoria Fair and the Phoenix Summer Theatre productions before moving to Toronto where he became a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival company. Later,  his Hollywood acting career included the leading role in TV's  “Zorro”  from 1990-93.

In the realm of the visual arts, his extensive body of figurative paintings have been exhibited and collected internationally by patrons, galleries, institutions and museums. His paintings and drawings have been described as “haunting yet imbued with hope, clarity and a kind of joy.”

He has also published poetry, articles, essays, catalogues, books and documentary works. He has presented lectures and readings in all creative disciplines.

Regehr resides in Shawnigan Lake. His honorary doctor of fine arts degree will be presented at the convocation ceremony on Monday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Media contacts:
Mike McNeney (Alumni Communications) at 250-721-7642 or mmcneney@uvic.ca

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