Steve Huziak was born in 1901 on the family homestead near the villages of Wroxton and Calder, Saskatchewan. A dedicated farmer, he lived and worked on that farm nearly all of his life. In his youth, he played the tsymbaly at village dances and farmhouse weddings, earning money to buy a camera. He began taking pictures in 1920, the sole photographer in the area.

Steve photographed his friends from the neighbouring farms, posing on their land, dressed in their Sunday best. They were the families of just a few out of thousands of Ukrainian immigrants who settled the Canadian West. In his learning of the science and art of photography, he captured on film the expressions of these everyday people. He shared his enjoyment of photography with them, generating Sunday-afternoon excitement in the community “Look, here comes Steve with his camera!”

After Steve died in 1990, his daughter Iris Kuzina salvaged seventy-eight photographs from his farmhouse. Iris's daughter Jan Kuzina digitally restored the faded and damaged photos. These are the Prairie Faces collection showcased on this website.

Prairie Faces is portrait photography from a bygone era. It serves as a wonderful historical record and a lasting legacy for the settlers of the Wroxton and Calder areas.

message from granddaughter Jan

  Photo of Steve Huziak
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