Aaron Friend Lettner

Aaron Friend Lettner makes unusual books. Working primarily with photography, Aaron traverses the crossways of culture, memory and place. His work is distinguished by its esoteric flair and he sees bookmaking as an opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration; a ritual act, where seen and unseen worlds elide. Alongside this, Aaron runs workshops with youth that consider different ways of telling a story through images, as well as hand-binding books. 

An intuitive bookmaker, Aaron received the inaugural Burtynsky Photobook Grant in 2016 for Doorways and a Canadian national book design award from the Alcuin Society in 2022 for anglepoise, which exhibited coast-to-coast across Canada, as well as in Japan and Germany. His books are held in special collections at the National Library of Germany (Leipzig) and The Rare Books Division of Simon Fraser University (Vancouver). Recently, he began a year-long mentorship in typography and book design with acclaimed Canadian author, poet and typographer Robert Bringhurst. 

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