Al Bersch & Leslie Grant, 2006-ongoing
The Forestry Project explores logging and forestry practices in British Columbia. In 2006, folklorist, archivist and photographer Al Bersch and I lived in Fernie, BC and photographed employees and contract workers of Tembec, a forest products company, at active logging sites, the sawmill, and at their homes. In addition, workers donated their own photographs to be integrated with ours, historical images, and research materials from the Fernie Historical Society into a curated collection about logging in Fernie.
With thanks: Jesse Birch, Jennie Cane, Walt Fanning, Bruce Hepburn, Warren Hill, Don Jakubec, Vic and Linda LaLonde, Aaron Phillips, Shauna and Kevin Roberts, Wes Staven, Janet Mostad, Joe Tress, Jodie & Scott Whitbeck, Richard Zurim, Fernie Historical Society, and Tembec Forest Products.