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pamela klaffke has worked as a professional writer for 15 years, taking a few detours into other arts-and-media related work along the way. she has enjoyed a varied career during which she's worked as a fashion stylist, film and video producer and media consultant. she was a founding editor of calgary's alternative weekly, fast forward, and has been associate editor at avenue magazine. pamela worked as the pop culture trends columnist for the calgary herald and was the paper's literary editor for four years. her first book, spree: a cultural history of shopping, was published in north america in fall 2003, in the u.k. and australia in spring 2004, and in china in fall 2006. she no longer works as a journalist and has instead turned her attention to fiction. her web serial, halfsquatch, launched may 21, 2008 and her novel, satin rules, will be published by mira books in january 2010 as the first of a two-book deal, and a film adaptation is currently in development.

in addition to writing, pamela also works as a photographer, shooting unconventional portraits and unusual places with analogue cameras using expired and often damaged film. her conceptual photography series of children in animal masks, bestia parvulus, was completed in summer 2007; her next series, johnson wilson and the case of the broken baby, debuted in january 2008, followed shortly by the ladies of the balaclava. she created 104 images to accompany her summer web serial, halfsqutach, and is currently shooting vintage clothing and objects for her catalogue of collected style series. pamela has shot photographs for tokyo based toy camera distibutor, powershovel, and her photography has appeared in photosho magazine, file magazine, platforms magazine, on cbc radio 3's website and the new york times online.

pamela's bestia parvulus series has received widespread media attention in russia and the ukraine, as well as on many arts websites and blogs, from the usa to japan to norway. several images from the series were featured in the february/march 2008 issue of the mexico city based art magazine, PICNIC. her ladies of the balaclava series will be featured in the first issue of the lomography magazine, lomo, with "career girl" as the cover image, and three of the bestia parvulus images have recently been licensed to italian fashion brand, diesel, for use in the promotion and advertising of their annual international new music concert series, diesel u: music.

pamela is the founder and chief curator of the secret society of analogue art, an organization that encourages the creative fusion of analogue and digital communication and media by offering an ongoing series of participatory art challenges. the society's current projects include creepywonderful gallery of the analogue and the dollar store doll polaroid makeover challenge.

she lives with her daughter in calgary, canada.

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