Gaston Lacombe (1995)
As a photographer, and filmmaker, Gaston specializes in social documentary work, as well as in travel photography. He has worked on 6 continents, including Antarctica, and has received a number of international awards. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, in museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina, Latvia, Canada and the USA, as well as on National Geographic's website. He has been published on five continents, in publications such as the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, Die Welt (Germany), Der Standart (Austria), the Sri Lanka Guardian, and he says, most importantly, in "Le Madawaska", New Brunswick.
Just recently, Gaston embarked on a large New Brunswick adventure. In April 2013, he toured French-speaking schools in New Brunswick, lecturing about Antarctica. He received a grant to be an artist-in-residence in Antarctica from January to March 2012. During that time he resided on the southern continent at an Argentine base, along with 250,000 penguins. From this expedition, he created a film which has already been shown in various locations in North and South America and Europe, including in Edmundston, New Brunswick. He also developed a pedagogical program for children of all ages. Assisted by his old high-school friends from Edmundston's Cité des Jeunes class of 1989, he put together a tour of New Brunswick schools. He visited francophone schools all over the North-West, from Clair to Grand-Falls to Kedgwick, all around the Acadian Peninsula, and in the Saint John area. There were 16 schools on the itinerary. He thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of bringing his Antarctica experience, and his penguin pictures, to the children of New Brunswick!
The Antarctica tour of francophone schools in New Brunswick was a great success. Close to 4000 students, from Kindergarten through to twelfth grade, attended these exciting presentations. There was a special presentation for the general public at City Hall in Tracadie-Sheila with standing room only. Gaston concluded the tour with the largest crowd of about 400 students at Ecole Samuel Champlain in Saint John, New Brunswick. Needless to say, Gaston was invited by many more schools to go back, but it will have to wait for a little while as he has to care take of other projects.