Instagram Takeover – Brendan George Ko

I see every photograph I take as a document; a document of a memory, a document of a person; a time and place, a feeling and a trace (of something that once was, something worth remembering).

I am creating and recreating a history of all that I am, with words, and images, so that I can remember beyond my memory, for a record of being.

Brendan George Ko (b.1986, Toronto, ON) is a document-based storyteller raised in Ontario, New Mexico, Texas, and Hawai’i, and is now based in Toronto and Maui.

Ko received his BFA in photography from Ontario College of Art & Design in 2010, and completed a Masters in Visual Arts at the University of Toronto in 2014. His work has been exhibited internationally, solo shows include Angell Gallery, Toronto; Contact Gallery, Toronto; LE Gallery, Toronto and group shows with Frogner Stasjon, Oslo; Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn; Birch Contemporary, Toronto; Camden Image Gallery, London. Ko has been the recipient of numerous awards including Contact Festival Portfolio Award (2017), Magenta Flash Forward Finalist (2018), Red Hook Lab’s New Artist Finalist (2018). He is also included within several collections including TD Bank and BMO Financial Group and has worked for such clients as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, Patagonia, Bloomberg Business Week, A&E Networks, and The Walrus.

Brendan George Ko will be taking over @paperjournalmag from today until the 19th of April. You can follow him @brendangeorgeko and see more of his work at