Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author, and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals around the globe. Since 1998, her work has taken her to over fifty countries.
McArthur’s first book, We Animals, was published in 2014 by Lantern Books. Her new book, Captive, was published by Lantern Books in the summer of 2017.
McArthur was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocated for their rights as sentient beings.
Her newest endeavor, The Unbound Project, with co-author Dr. Keri Cronin, is a photographic project that celebrates female leaders at the forefront of animal advocacy, both contemporary and historical.
McArthur’s photography and writing has been in publications such as National Geographic and National Geographic Traveller, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Lens Culture, the LA Times, Elle Canada, Parade, Canadian Geographic, THIS Magazine, DAYS Japan, Helsingin Sanomat, Der Spiegel, PhotoLife magazine, Huffington Post, Earth Island Journal, Outdoor Photography, Feature Shoot and Alternatives Journal. In addition, We Animals images have been used by more than 100 organizations, publishers and academics to advocate for animals.
McArthur speaks regularly at schools, universities and conferences worldwide on the subjects of photography, the human-animal relationship, social change and empathy.