Robert Bocking graduated from the School of Photographic Art at Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1958. Over the years he specialized in natural history subjects with Keg Productions in Toronto on television series “Audubon Wildlife Theatre”, “Wild Canada”, “To the Wild Country” and the very successful “Profiles of Nature”.
Mr. Bocking formed his own production company in 1983, producing award winning films for the National Geographic Society, as well as the Gorgas Science Foundation at the University of Texas in Brownsville.
After 45 years as a film producer, director, cinematographer and professor, I have finally been able to devote my time to oil painting. My paintings evolve from my experiences traveling across Canada while filming for the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. On film I have been used to telling a story with a series of images, with painting, the story must be told with a single image. Now I am able to express myself creatively, using completely different equipment, canvas, paint and brushes instead of film and a motion picture camera.
He was honoured with the “Bill Hilson Award” in 1979, for outstanding contribution to the development of the motion picture industry in Canada. Kodak Canada presented him with the “Kodak New Century Award”, for outstanding contribution to the Art of Cinematography in 1990. And Fuji Film Canada presented him with the “FujiFilm Canada Award” for outstanding contribution to the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.
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Groups of Artists:
- North York Visual Artists
- Canadian Society of Cinematographers