Albert Gilbert

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Albert "Al" Gilbert
Born (1922-11-18) November 18, 1922 (age 97)
Known forPhotographer
AwardsOrder of Canada

Albert "Al" Gilbert, CM (born November 18, 1922[1]) is a Canadian photographer. He is often called the "Ambassador of Canadian Photography".[2]

He was born in Toronto, Ontario into a family of Ukrainian-Jewish origin.[3] He began working with his father, Nathan Gittelmacher, who was also a photographer.[4] Since 1950, he has photographed all of the Prime Ministers of Israel.[2]

He was awarded the Photographer of the Year Award from the Professional Photographers of Canada in 1968, 1969, and 1973. He is a Fellow of the Professional Photographers of Canada,[5] a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and a Fellow of the American Society of Photographers.[6]

In 1989, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for being "a master portrait photographer".[7]

His son, Michael Gilbert, is also a photographer.[8]


  1. ^ Anne Tucker; Harlow Tighe; R. Eric Davis; Maggie Olvey; William R. Thompson (1996). Sonia and Kaye Marvins portrait collection. Museum of Fine Arts (Houston). p. 22. ISBN 0-89090-068-X.
  2. ^ a b "Judaica Canadian: An Ambassador of Canadian Photography". The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.
  3. ^ Ontario Jewish Archives. "Al Gilbert". Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  4. ^ "News release". United Jewish Communities. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
  5. ^ "Member Record". Professional Photographers of Canada. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06.
  6. ^ "ASP Fellowship". American Society of Photographers.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Order of Canada citation".
  8. ^ "Past Exhibitions: 4 Generations of Photography by the Gilbert Family". Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Archived from the original on 2009-01-29.

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