Vonny Lorde (they/them/theirs) is a Toronto-based photographer and creative director. They originally had intentions to pursue a career in sports but after a car accident that affected their performance, they found an affinity for photography. Lorde is known for their energizing and emotive shots that stand at the intersection of music and youth culture captured through their self-published coffee table book FILMFORFUN, however it is through their portraiture that their photography takes on a more visceral meaning.
For Lorde, the objective is to highlight Black people’s agency through their work. Inspired by their grandmother who immigrated to Canada from Jamaica, they aspire towards capturing their subjects and the complexities of their experiences. After reading We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85 by Catherine Morris, they were inspired to shoot through a Black gaze to give their subjects more license to architect their narratives and lives, through images, the way they want to.
Lorde’s clients include Nike, Puma, McDonalds, VICE, Complex, Chanel, Nordstrom, YouTube Canada, Swarovski, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music and more.
They are available in Toronto & New York City for portraiture, editorial, campaigns, documentary, BTS.
Written by ocean & moonlight studio.
FILMFORFUN2 - Solo Exhibition, Stackt Market (Toronto, Ontario) May 2019
The Creator Class Exhibits: Behind The Scenes Group Show - Free Space (Toronto, Ontario) June 2018
FILMFORFUN - Solo Exhibition, Gladstone Hotel (Toronto, Ontario) May 2018
OUTTA LINE Volume 5 Group Show - OnlyOneGallery (Toronto, Ontario) March 2018
Hey Y'all, 2018 Group Show - OnlyOneGallery (Toronto, Ontario) February 2018
OUTTA LINE Volume 3 Group Show - OnlyOneGallery (Toronto, Ontario) August 2017
Dirty Talk Group Show - ROUND Venue (Toronto, Ontario) November 2016
ART FROM THE CRYPT Group Show - Blank Canvas Gallery (Toronto, Ontario) October 2016
UNFOLD Group Show - 416 Gallery (Toronto, Ontario) June 2016
TONED MAG: Photographer, Vonny Lorde’s Journey Toward Creating a Space for Black Creatives in Toronto (2021)
RESPECT MAG: Talented Toronto Photographer LASTNAMELORDE is a True Humanitarian (2020)
VITALY PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT (2019)
STICKS & STONES AGENCY (DEC2018)
PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA
Spice Can Take A Likkle Heat (Noisey) January 2019.
"The bard of Driftwood," West End Phoenix: The Music Issue December 2018. Page 6
Please clap for Demetrius Harmon (Fader) November 2018
"In Brian and Jennifer's Kitchen Getting Baked," West End Phoenix: The Food Issue October 2018. Page 3
FILMFORFUN by Vonny Lorde (2018) self published
YANCY Presents... Melanin (2018) published by YANCY
Man of the Moment: Catching Up With Ty Dolla Sign (Complex) July 2018.
Memory Lanez: Talking Nostalgia and Timeless Music with Tory Lanez (Complex) March 2018
For more info on Vonny's work such as purchasing prints or for other business inquires, please contact: