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August 3, 2006

All shot up
Photographer Cam Nikkel has been on the local scene for 20 years

"Cam Nikkel— — Winnipeg’s music scene may be best known for spawning Top 40 acts such as The Guess Who, Crash Test Dummies, The Watchmen and Chantal Kreviazuk, but anyone who has lived here knows Peg City has always had a deep and diverse music community. Talented local photographer Cam Nikkel has been on the front lines of Winnipeg’s burgeoning punk scene since the ’80s, capturing the raw energy that characterized those early chaotic performances. Along with tirelessly documenting local acts such as Red Fisher and 12 Eyes, Nikkel has also shot out-of-town acts such as Scream, Rise and Dayglo Abortions over the past 20 years. Along with his music-related photos, Nikkel has also uploaded a number of different series he’s been working on to his online portfolio. His work has recently been shown at the new skate park at The Forks, The Graffiti Gallery and the now-defunct Barbershop Gallery."-Anthony Augustine

About Time show

Art Review
August 10, 2006

Urban art goes from gallery to downtown skate park

"Photos by Cam Nikkel, printed on canvas, show a variety of urban cool kids. "Mike and Daniel" depicts a 20-something skater type, with a beard and scraggly hair, sitting on a curb beside a yawning young boy."-Lorne Roberts

Neighborhoods show

Art Seen
October 5, 2006

Love thy neighborhoods

"Cam Nikkel’s various portraits are by far the highlight of this show. Nikkel has literally taken snapshots of life in mostly inner-city Winnipeg, and the portraits, all of family members, are warm and inviting. Each photo sees various combinations of parents, children and siblings arranged on stairs and stoops, and the arrangements give the works a very relaxed and loving appeal. Winnipeg’s North End, Crescentwood and West Broadway neighborhoods are not only documented in these photos but also given a sense of pride through the smiling faces in each shot."-Stacey Abramson