Philip Jarmain grew up near London, Ontario, with part of his childhood spent in Switzerland and Ireland. There were also many family trips to Mexico. His mother is an artist and father an entrepreneur. A childhood love of storytelling led to early fascination with film, photography and cameras. Short dramas shot with an 8 mm wind-up camera were a passion. Later, his training was in film (Vancouver Film School), and for some years he worked in lighting for feature films and episodic television, and after that as stills photographer for film. Jarmain now makes his living as a commercial photographer specializing in conceptual advertising, based in Vancouver, where he lives, and Toronto. Jarmain is a recipient of the Lurzers Archive and Communication Arts award and other international honours. One of Jarmain’s personal interests as a photographer is architecture. “American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detriot” is a series of photographs of abandoned and disappearing Detroit buildings Jarmain photographed on a dozen visits to the city over five years (2010-2014).