The portrait is something that we're all familiar with, from the annual school photograph to the self portrait number that may graces your Bookface account. However when we're not taking pics of ourselves it is usually an interpretation by some extent of the artist or photographer.

Dan tells stories of redundancy and demise of a town in Papiers Gaspesia, the frailty beauty of the human condition through distressed surfaces for the Face of the City, while the striking Regents Park project features local social housing residents using the estate as the canvas.

Making larger than life portraits that hang in a billboard fashion around in his homeland Canada, Dan Bergeron is able to make statements about culture, environment and the personal - which my old uni lecturer Sandy Brewer taught me is always political.