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Gumpesberger :: Hafkenscheid

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Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid is the collaborative photographic partnership of professional shooters Peter Gumpesberger and Toni Hafkenscheid.

Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid specializes in high quality Interior Design Photography, Architectural Photography, Portraiture, Commercial Advertising Photography, Headshots, Fine Art Photography, Landscape Photography, Travel Photography and Digital Retouching.

Peter and Toni’s discriminating clientele place a great deal of importance on having the highest quality of photographic imagery available to represent their brands and products.

Most of Peter and Toni’s work is shot on location. Though their photography has taken them around the globe, their home base, (and the location of their studio), is Toronto, Canada.

Contact Information

Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid

10 Morrow Avenue
Suite G2
Toronto, Ontario
M6R 2J1

Telephone: (416) 977-9998


Peter Gumpesberger
Mobile: (647) 504-9998

Toni Hafkenscheid
Mobile: (416) 414-4289


Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid are grateful to count the following among their many valued clients:

[W] Design + Associates
Abbott Ferguson Productions Limited
Avalon Interiors
B+H Architects
Bay Bloor Radio
Burnac Corporation
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Darrin Cohen Design
Frankland & Associates
Fresh TV Inc.
Hammerhead Trenchless Equipment
Holbrook & Associates
Homefront Magazine
II BY IV Design Associates
In8 Design Inc.
Ivan Saleff Architect
L.A. Inc.
Milestone’s Grill + Bar
Minto Group Inc.
New York Magazine
POV Magazine
Rogers Communications
Sorli Associates
Tarvo Eistrat Architect
Taylor_Smyth Architects
The Anderson Governance Group
This Magazine
Toronto Life Magazine

Toni Hafkenscheid


Toni Hafkenscheid was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1959. Toni graduated from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1989, with an MFA in photography, and moved to Toronto shortly thereafter. For the following six years he was active in the arts community in Toronto and received several Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards.

In 1996, Toni moved back to the Netherlands to pursue a career as a commercial photographer. While there, he taught photography at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

In 2002, Toni moved back to Toronto to continue his career as a commercial photographer. Since returning, he has taught photography at OCAD, Ryerson, York University, Sheridan College, Toronto Image Works, and the Haliburton School of the Arts.

Toni is a past recipient of the Kodak Award for Photography for the Netherlands, and has been named as one of Photography Now’s 100 Most Collectible Photographers.  He is also the subject of the documentary, “Relics of the Future”, by Paradox Films.

Toni’s photography has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, and Europe.  He has works in a number of important collections that include the Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), the University of Toronto, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Royal Bank of Canada, the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (Buffalo, NY), and Kodak France / Kodak Netherlands, numerous private collections. 

Toni is represented by the Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Gallery Jones in Vancouver, Packer Schopf in Chicago, Marcia Wood in Atlanta, George Billis in Los Angeles, and the Birch Libralato Gallery in Toronto.

Curriculum Vitae

DATE OF BIRTH: 1959, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

EDUCATION:  1984-1989  Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


2012   Relics of the Future, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago
2011   Exposures 2011, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary
2010   Two Portraits of my dad, Convenience Gallery, Toronto
Iconic America, Pearson Airport, Toronto
Relics of the Future, Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto
Life Models, Hamilton Printmakers Association, Hamilton
Gallery Jones, Vancouver
2009   RCA Visual, St. John’s, NFLD
Forest City Gallery, London, ON
2008   Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
George Billis Gallery, LA
Confabulation, Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto (CONTACT 2008)
Drake Hotel, Toronto
Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City, YU
In The Mind’s Eye, Niagara Arts Centre, Niagara Falls, ON
2007   Handheld Landscape, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
HO, Hartcourt House, Edmonton, AB
Not to scale, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006   AXENEO7, Gatineau, QC
Artspace, Peterborough, ON
Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto (CONTACT 2006)
Galerie VU, Quebec City
Skew gallery, Calgary, AB                                                                                     
2005   Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
Alternator Gallery, Kelowna , BC
PLATFORM, Winnipeg, MB
Eye Level, Halifax, NS
Artcite, Windsor, ON
2004   Robert Birch gallery, Toronto (CONTACT 2004)
2002   VIA Rail station, Montreal
Lee Ka-Sing  Gallery, Toronto
Dazibao Gallery, Montreal
2001   Robert Birch  Gallery, Toronto
2000   2 from Canada, CEPA, Buffalo, N.Y.   


2012   Untrue North, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse
Exposures 2012, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB
2010   9 establishing shots on TTC subway monitors in Toronto
2007   Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
2006   Super models, Open Space, Victoria, BC
Art with Heart, Toronto
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2005   Focused, PCN, Seattle, WA
Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
Beyond/in Western NY, CEPA, Buffalo, NY
Neverlands,  Montreal (Le Mois de la photo)
Recent acquisitions,  Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto
Escaping: Fugitive Geography , Drake Hotel, Toronto
Part/Object, St. Francis College, Chicago,IL
Art with Heart, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
2004   Drive, Skew Gallery, Calgary
Connect the dots, CBC Radio 3 tour, across Canada
2002   the Home Show, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
2001   Argument, Spin Gallery, Toronto
2000   Documenting Eye, Art Cite, Detroit Focus 2000
Intersections, Toronto, Montreal                                                                           
1999   Persistent Documents, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo
1998   Persistent Documents, The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Urban  Spaces, Berlage Instituut, Amsterdam
1997   Plastic Fantastic, E3 Gallery, New York                                                              
Contact ‘97,  Robert Birch  Gallery, Toronto        CEPA, Buffalo, N.Y.
1996   Eastern Edge, St. Johns, NFLD
1996   Floating Gallery, Winnipeg                                                                                   
1995   Beauty #2, The Power Plant, Toronto
Le Mois de la Photo, Montreal
Beauty #2, The Power Plant, Toronto
Feeding the Fire, White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON
1994   The Family, Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography, Ottawa               
CEPA, Buffalo, NY

 GRANTS/AWARDS (selection):  

2008   Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
2007   Canada Arts Council Project Grant
Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
2006   Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant
Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
Canada Arts Council Project Grant
2005   Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
2004   Toronto Arts council, Project Grant
Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant         
2002   The Netherlands Council for the Arts, Project Grant
1995   The Banff Centre for the Arts Photography program
Canada Council B Grant
Ontario Arts Council B Grant
1994   Canada Council Short Term Grant
1993   Ontario Arts Council B Grant                                
1992   Canada Council B Grant
1989   The Netherlands Council for the Arts, Early Career Award
Kodak Award, Netherlands


2010   Toronto Star: Surprises in Store… by Murray Whyte
National Post: Tiny Happy People by Leah Sandals
Mass Art Guide: Future Past by Monika Burman
Toronto Star: Last Chances…  by Murray Whyte
Flight + Hotel: a Tiny View by Rhonda Olson
2009   Blackflash Magazine: Too Good to be True: Toni Hafkenscheid’s Confabulations
2008   Globe and Mail: An Epic view of our Everyday World
Now Magazine: Is Analog Photography Dead?
2007   See Magazine, Edmonton: Keeping it unreal
The Edmonton Journal: Photographer challenges reality in newest exhibit
Time Out Chicago, Not to Scale
Galleries West: Handheld Landscape
Galleries West Magazine: First Impressions
2006   Ciel Variable Magazine, review by Sylvain Campeau
Seesaw Magazine: ModelWorld
PHOTOGRAPHY NOW 100 Portfolios on DVD, Wright University
SuperModels, catalogue by Open Space
Not To Scale: catalogue by AXENEO7
Calgary Herald: Lilliput, Canada
Globe and Mail: Real Life rendered make believe
2005   Image and Imagination: catalogue Mois de la Photo, Montreal
Atlanta Review: Take me back
Winnipeg Free Press: Mysterious photos….
Chicago Reader: Ceci n’est pas un Truckstop
Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY Beyond/in Western NY
Beyond Magazine: Small
Photo Pictorial: HO
2004   Canadian Art Magazine: National Capital
Subject Matters: new photographic realism  by Blake Fitzpatrick  
Macleans’s  Magazine: Master of Illusion
the Globe and Mail:  Contact 2004
2003   Home Show (catalogue by James Patten, WAG)
2002   the Globe and Mail:  Home is where the art is
Prefix Photo Magazine
Now Magazine, Toronto: Guns and Toys: Rineke Dijkstra and Toni Hafkenscheid
2001   Argument (catalogue by P. Elaine Sharpe)
2000   Canadian Art Magazine
1998   FOTO, Holland
1996   Border Crossings, Canada
1995   Beauty #2, Toronto (catalogue by Philip Monk)
Le Mois de la Photographie a Montreal (catalogue)
Fotofeis 95, Edinburgh

COLLECTIONS (selection):

Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography (CMCP), Ottawa
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Art Rental Program, Toronto
Kodak France
Kodak Netherlands
University of Toronto          
CEPA, Buffalo, N.Y.
Foreign Affairs Canada
Royal Bank Canada

Peter Gumpesberger


Peter Gumpesberger is a native of Toronto, Canada born in 1960.  Peter loves all things creative.  Besides being a photographer, he is a flamenco guitarist, composer, writer and inventor. 

Peter has lived a varied and unusual life that can best be described as a roller coaster ride.  He has enjoyed the highest of highs, and has endured the lowest of lows.  He is very grateful to have experienced both extremes, and recognizes their value in shaping all of the art that he now creates. 

Peter can finally say he understands the term, “suffering for your art”, and now recognize the relationship between the number of adversities he has overcome and the authenticity and integrity of his art.  The concepts are inextricably linked. 

He strives to connect something from his specific life’s experiences to that of the common human experience, and in doing so, tries to infuse some of his soul’s essence into every photograph he takes.

Peter believes that trends in photography, like art and fashion, come and go, and are arbitrary in nature.  As one who studies beauty for a living, he is entirely convinced that beauty is as they say, “in the eye of the beholder”.  As such, it stands to reason that there can be no such thing as good or bad art.  There is only art that he understands, and given the limitations of his life’s experiences to date, art that he cannot yet relate to.  To Peter, all art is valid by the mere virtue of its creation. 

Peter’s first photography teacher - his father, taught him all the rules.  His mother never held a camera, yet somehow managed to show him how to break them.  As for Peter himself, he now recognizes that there never were any rules to begin with.

Curriculum Vitae

Born:  Toronto, Ontario, 1960

University of Toronto, Trinity College, Toronto
Ryerson, Toronto
George Brown College, Toronto

Solo Exhibitions:

2011   Selected Works, The Faculty Club, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario             – May 3 - 28, 2012
Gumpstock - Selected Works, 10 Morrow Avenue, Toronto, Ontario –          March 3 - 4, 2012
2009   Selected Works, Brassaii, Toronto, Ontario – March 5, 2008 to June 24,      2009
2008   Selected Works, Mono Cliffs Inn, Mono Centre, Ontario – September 3,      2008 to February 15, 2009
Selected Works, Tip Top Lofts, Toronto, Ontario – November 30, 2008 to     December 27, 2008
Selected Works, Jackie O, Toronto, Ontario – August 11, 2008 to      November 13,
Solitary Ruminations, The Spoke Club, Toronto, Ontario – January 14,       2008 to May 17, 2008
2007   Solitary Ruminations, The Spoke Club, Toronto – September 6, 2007 to      December 31, 2007
2006   Go Dai, Tip Top Lofts Gallery – October 12, 2006 through January 9, 2007

Group Exhibitions:

2012   Our Future Without Aids, The Distillery, Toronto, Ontario – June 29, 2011   to July 16, 2011
2011   Hang With The Best, Toronto Image Works, Toronto, Ontario – June 29,     2011 to July 16, 2011
2010   Hang With The Best, Toronto Image Works, Toronto, Ontario – February     4, 2010 to March 1, 2010
Bloor Street Entertains, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario – November 24, 2010
2009   Dust Off Your Soul, The Richmond, Toronto, Ontario
Selected Works, The Spoke Club, Toronto, Ontario – Jan 1, 2009 to            November 12, 2009
Hang With The Best, Toronto Image Works, Toronto, Ontario – February     12,  to March 3, 2009
2008   Photorama, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Ontario – November 27, 2008 to             December 7, 2008
Selected Works, The Spoke Club, Toronto, Ontario - May 17, 2008 to          December 31, 2008
CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival- Selected Works, Marcia   Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario –        May 1, 2008 to September 3,         2008
The Artist Project – Selected Works, Liberty Grand, Toronto, Ontario
SNAP, The National Ballet School, Toronto, Ontario
2007   SNAP, The National Ballet School, Toronto, Ontario
2006   Blue Mountain Arts, Collingwood, Ontario
SNAP, The National Ballet School, Toronto, Ontario
Fashion Cares, The Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2005   SNAP, The Church on Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario
The Teddy Bear Affair, The Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2004   SNAP, The Church on Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario
2003   Fashion Cares, The Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2002   Fashion Cares, The Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2001   Fashion Cares, The Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Selected Corporate Collections:

2010   Piasetzki Nenniger Kvas
2008   Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto, Ontario
2007   Toronto Image Works, Toronto, Ontario
2006   Pfizer, Toronto, Ontario
Context Developments / Tip Top Lofts, Toronto, Ontario
2005   Rainbow High Vacations, Toronto, Ontario

Selected Interviews:  (includes Television, Radio, New Media)

2009   Pelton, Dan, “Photographer Extraordinaire”, Orangeville Citizen, Feb. 5,     pg. A2, ill. pg. A2
2008   “SNAP 2008”, Bravo, Mar. 2,“SNAP 2008”, CITY TV, Mar. 2,“SNAP 2008”, Ryerson Television
Camilleri, Maryann, “SNAP 2008 Preview”, The Magenta Foundation, Feb.           21
2007   Beker, Jeanne, “SNAP 2007”, Fashion Television, Mar. 4

Selected Bibliography:  (includes books, exhibition catalogues, & reviews)

2008   “Must Do – If you only do five things this week”, National Post, Mar. 1, pg.    20, col. ill. pg. 20
SNAP Catalogue
2007   Walton, Tara, “Branson’s got a heart of gold”, Toronto Star, Oct. 13, col. ill.
SNAP Catalogue
Cassano, Matt, “The Conversation”, FAB Magazine, Oct. 17, pg. 8, col. ill.   pg. 8
2006   “Photo Gallery Two” Mountain Life, Fall 2006, col. ill. pg. 46
Leitch, Carolyn, “On top of Tip Top”, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 27, pg.          G14, coll. Ill. pg. G14
Chau, Lawrence, “who’s HOT – Art clicks for inventor”, Metro News, Oct.     10, pg. 22, col. ill. pg. 22
“Portfolio, by Peter Gumpesberger”, FAB STYLE QUARTERLY No. 1          Summer, (National), ill. pg. 34, col. ill., pg.    35, 36, 37, 38
SNAP Catalogue
Bereznai, Steven, “Hot Shots”, FAB Magazine, Feb. 23, pg. 30 – 31, ill.       pg.       30, 31
2005   SNAP Catalogue
2004   SNAP Catalogue

Business Philosophy

In their own words, here are Peter Gumpesberger and Toni Hafkenscheid’s thoughts about the following cornerstones of their business philosophy.  :


Integrity.  To us, it’s not just a word.  It’s the guiding principle of our business philosophy. 

Integrity is the character trait we most admire in others, and the quality we are most proud of in ourselves.  Our adherence to ethical and moral business principles and practices is the way we ensure our business will remain successful.  It’s also how we know we’ll sleep well tonight.

When you work with Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid, you can rest assured that you are dealing with a studio that conducts all of its business dealings with integrity.  Each and every client is dealt with fairly, honestly and with respect.  If we give you our word on something, you can take it to the bank.


Photography is not just our business.  It’s our passion.  It’s on our mind when we wake up in the morning and is what keeps us up working until the wee hours of the night.  It’s not only what we do for a living; it’s what we do in our spare time to relax.

They say the camera looks both ways.  A part of the photographer’s soul is captured in every photo they take.  Perhaps it’s that adage more than any other that underscores the need to use photographers like us, whose passion for our work is so palpable, it leaves a distinctive watermark infused with our essence on every frame.


With advances in technology, taking photographs of acceptable quality has never been easier than today.  Taking photographs of exceptional quality has never been harder.  With a faltering economy and slashed advertising budgets, superfluous assistants are a thing of the past.  Leaner crews must work more effectively to attain or surpass the quality standards expected in past eras, while working within the budgetary constraints of the present.

These days, just being a good photographer is no longer sufficient.  Successful photographers must also act as agency producers, making sure every aspect of the shoot has been thought through and dealt with in advance.

From our initial concept meeting with the client, right through the final stages of post-production, we work diligently to make certain nothing is left to chance, to ensure that our client’s vision is realized.


Contrary to popular belief that creativity is a talent you are born with, creativity is actually a skill that is cultivated and nurtured from a very young age.  The quest for creativity is a lifelong journey. 

As photo artists, we continually study the world of art around us.  Whenever something piques our interest, we examine it until we understand its intrinsic qualities.  Once understood, the knowledge gleaned goes into our tool chest, where it may some day be withdrawn and give rise to a new idea.

In this way, every photographer’s creative sensibilities and inspirations are inextricably linked to their own personal experiences. 

At this moment, our distinct paths as photographers have converged.  We arrive here from different backgrounds, with differing experiences.  As such, we bring individual and unique inspirations, ideas and sensibilities to the table.  Together, we pool our creative talents, and synchronize our efforts to execute one vision – yours. 


Customer service is not rocket science.  It’s quite simple actually.  Treat your customers the way you would want to be treated if you were in their place.  That’s all.

Why then, do so many businesses get something so simple so wrong?  It’s because exceptional customer service takes commitment and dedication from each and every employee, at all costs. 

At Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid, we understand that.  We take great pride in what we do, and derive a great deal of satisfaction from it.  We insist that our clients are 100 % satisfied with what we do as well.  If they’re not, we’re not.  It’s that simple.


Have you ever been in a situation where you were struggling to find just the right word, or solution to a problem?  Try as you might to let it go, something inside you keeps nagging at you to keep searching for something better.  You know the feeling – when something in your gut won’t let up.

If you think there’s a better alternative out there, then there probably is.  When something’s wrong, you may not know it’s conclusively wrong, but when something’s right, you just know it’s right.  It’s called instinct.

Instinct comes from experience.  It takes confidence, conviction, courage and trust.  It requires presence, awareness, and your full attention at all times. 

In matters pertaining to photography, lighting, and composition, our extensive experience guides our instinctive know-how.

Trust your instinct.  Trust Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid.


Experience is sometimes a bi-product of success, but more often it’s a reward for failure.  Through experience, errors are spun into knowledge, foresight and wisdom.  It cannot be rushed, bought, bypassed or bestowed.  There are no short cuts when it comes to experience.  Nor should there be.

Together, the two of us have more than forty years experience in photography, lighting, and post-production.  There’s rarely a situation we find ourselves in that at least one of us hasn’t encountered before. 

Experience helps take the guesswork out of what we do, and enables us to work faster, smarter and more effectively.  It invariably shortens our turn around times and reduces our costs, which inevitably saves you both time and money.

Taking quality photographs doesn’t have to be a numbers game.  Not when you have experience on your side.


Our unconventional business model – two photographers assisting one another, pooling their equipment and sharing a studio seems at first unorthodox, but is actually cost effective and efficient.  Think about it – there’s no unnecessary duplication of overhead expenses, such as superfluous studio space.  That translates to lower fees for you, our client.

Our preference to combine our experience and work together, rather than rely on transient assistants has resulted in a productive collaboration in which we complement each other’s skill sets with our own abilities.  Though each of us has our individual strengths, we work together in unison.  After years of assisting one another, we intuitively know each other as we know ourselves. 


In concept, the process involved in composing and creating a great photograph is simple – systematically edit out the whole world except what you wish to remain in the frame.

In reality, it’s a lot more difficult.  Images of exceptional quality don’t just happen by accident.  They are conceived with creativity, vision and instinct, planned with experience and attention to detail, and executed with intention. 

Once taken, every aspect of the photo must be painstakingly scrutinized and reconsidered for a second time in postproduction.  Matters pertaining to optimum color, exposure, contrast, etc. must be considered.  After all, if something doesn’t add to the photograph, it detracts from it.

So while the process of creating great photographs is simple in concept, in reality, it takes the steadfast commitment of meticulous photographers to pull it off.  Our clients know they can depend on us to do just that.


The world of business is a scary place at the best of times, but it’s never been scarier than it is today.  With the globalization of the marketplace, an unstable economy and technology changing at a break-neck pace, showing a profit at the end of the day is harder than ever. 

It is especially at times like this that you can really use an ally in your corner – someone to weather stormy seas by your side.

At Gumpesberger Hafkenscheid, we see the value in forming strong allegiances with both our clients and vendors - companies, who like us, appreciate loyalty and reliability, and understand that by working together, we each stand a better chance of achieving our respective goals.


Let’s face it, these days everybody’s a photographer – at least they think they are.  Mediocre photographers are a dime a dozen.  Consummate professionals however are still relatively few.  We consider ourselves lucky to be in the latter group, and feel a sense of gratitude to those who make it possible. 

The fact that you have an extensive choice in photographers is not lost on us.  We are extremely grateful for your business and your loyalty to us. 

Thank you.



In addition to their collaborative web site,, both Peter and Toni have their own independent web sites.  Peter’s web site is  Toni’s web site is