With a background as an architectural photographer, Richard Johnson has spent a career studying and photographing buildings. His Ice Huts project is a natural extension of this, an examination of a particular type of vernacular architecture unique to the many regions of Canada.
Excerpt from Reflections on the Most Basic Building by Mark Kingwell: "And by considering, in this fashion, the hut as architectural form, Johnson has accomplished a number of significant and unique goals. He has, most obviously, created a stunning photographic record of a peculiar and apparently minor category of built form. Ice huts exist all over the northern reaches of the globe, and their variety and ingenuity is quite astounding. And yet, there has been no sustained critical attention given them by historians or theorists of architecture."
During a ten year period (2007-2017) Richard travelled to Canada's ten provinces resulting in more than 1000 individual Ice Hut photographs.