Activist, filmmaker and photographer, Audrey Schirmer was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 11th 1942. After graduating from Boston University amid the student uprisings of 1968, Audrey studied photography in New York City and became a freelance photographer on the front lines of the anti-Vietnam War movement.
In addition to numerous collaborations with her husband—documentary filmmaker Martin Duckworth—Audrey staged several exhibitions of her work, notably featuring immigrant children, and portraits of historical luminaries including John Kerry, Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, and George McGovern, among others.
Audrey established the photography department at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal in 1972, where she taught for 16 years until devoting herself full-time to the care of autistic daughter, Jacqueline.
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013, Audrey Schirmer passed away on December 27, 2019.
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