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‘It’s always about emotions,’ photographer says of his exhibition of 100-year-old war vets | CBC News

The portraits of 40 Second World War veterans over the age of 100 living in Sunnybrook Medical Centre are on display at the hospital this week.

Yuri Dojc’s project, The Last Salute, opened for viewing on Monday and honours the Canadian soldiers who fought almost 80 years ago.

“it’s always about emotions,”  Dojc said.

He says his projects are generally rooted in the idea of freedom and escape, inspired by his success in getting out of Communist Czechoslovakia in 1969. 

He came to Canada and became a commercial photographer, which he describes as a “fabulous profession.”

“You don’t have to be perfect in English but you can express yourself through picture,” he said.

Dojc’s other projects include portraits of Holocaust survivors and descendants of those who escaped slavery to Canada on the Underground Railroad. 

This is his second time working with Canadian veterans from the Second World War — having photographed them for his book Honour in 2010. 

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