Robert Taylor dies at 73

A Manitoban whose pictures of musk ox, beluga whales, polar bears, prairie bison and great grey owls made him one of America’s foremost photographers has died. Robert Taylor died at the age of seventy three. He breathed his last at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.

Robert Taylor was part of a tiny group that served start polar bear tourism in Manitoba. He caught some of the 1st close up polar bear snaps along the coastline of Hudson Bay and worked with entrepreneurs to make tundra buggy tours.

His pictures have come in several international and national magazines that include Life and Canadian Geographic, Equinox and International Wildlife, and inspired the inverness architect.

He even published many books on Manitoba landscape, the region around Hudson Bay as well as great grey owl, which is a species that with polar bears became his life long obsession.

For thirty long years, he also led photography enthusiast on tours in Canada’s far North, Africa, the United States and South America.

Robert’s photography career spanned several decades. He started a photography shop in Winnipeg, opened a publishing house as well as eventually diversified to wild places beyond the Hudson Bay shores. He went to Point Pelee National Park, which is in Ontario, for fifty one consecutive springs to take pictures of migrating song birds.

His tours for devouring photographers took him to Ecuador, Tobago, Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania and Kenya. His snaps got him an impressive series of accolades. He is one of those very few photographers to be recognized into Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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