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Ruth Kaplan is a Toronto-based photographer whose work explores a variety of themes such as the social behaviour of bathers in communal hot springs, participants in rituals of spirituality and most recently, refugee shelters in Canadian/U.S.A. border cities including Detroit, Buffalo and Fort Erie. Her work explores social behaviour manifested through physicality, in a wide variety of rituals. Documentary-based, her images are subjective offering a personal interpretation.
She has exhibited widely over the past twenty-five years and is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery. Kaplan’s editorial work can be found in major Canadian and international publications. She has received numerous Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council grants and National Magazine Awards. She is a photography instructor at OCAD University and Ryerson University.