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Dianne Bos is a photographer based in Calgary, Alberta, whose works have been exhibited internationally since 1981.


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Bos was born in Dundas, Ontario, in 1956. She earned a degree in sculpture from Mount Allison University.

Many of Bos' photographs are produced using a homemade pinhole camera. These images are not intended to be an objective record of a particular object or place, but an attempt to capture a memory.

Bos participated in the group exhibition, Time & Space curated by Josephine Mills and organized by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery in 2007. The exhibition toured to the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's; and the Owens Art Gallery, Sackville.

For her Galaxies series, Bos experimented with photographing different light sources through multiple pinholes. Her 2001 work M51 by Candlelight depicts the Whirlpool Galaxy and is included in the New Mexico History Museum's Pinhole Resource Collection. She created the image using an aluminum plate camera dotted with dozens of pinholes of varying sizes. A photograph that Bos took in Toulouse was used by graphic designer Jennifer Clark for her mural Timeless.

Bos made pinhole cameras from old travel books for an exhibition at Toronto's Edward Day Gallery in 2011. R.M. Vaughan described the photographs as both sleepy and tense, writing that they "replicate those first moments of waking, when tenuous reality comes into semi-focus."

In June 2013, her Bowness home was submerged when the Bow River flooded. She lost her collection of homemade pinhole cameras, her darkroom and studio as well as hundreds of printed images.

Bos is represented by Edward Day Gallery in Toronto; Jennifer Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver; Newzones in Calgary; and Beaux-arts des Amériques, Montreal.

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