Cora DeVos

Cora DeVos is a talented photographer originally from Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU and currently based in Vermilion, AB. Since 2009, DeVos has been specializing in portraiture, event and wedding photography under the name Little Inuk Photography.

DeVos primarily photographs women, finding empowerment through her lens-based practice and working with clients to bring out their self-confidence [1]. She also works to capture Indigenous and Inuit celebrations as well as cultural activities. As she explains, “Photography has taken me on a journey and I have learned so much about myself, that I don’t think I would have come to realize if it weren’t for my craft.”[2]  Currently, DeVos is a part of the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project, led by her long-time friend Hovak Johnston, which aims to bring about the cultural continuance of female Inuit tattooing. “When I look back through the photos, I see the reaction that the women have when they see their new facial tattoos [tunniit], and I can see their souls light up,” she explains. “The photography becomes part of the story.”[3]

Devos’ work has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including the Inuit Art Quarterly. Her photography is featured heavily in the book Reawakening Our Ancestor's Lines (2017), which documents the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project and the process of reclaiming a nearly lost art form [4].



Citations/Footnotes

  1. Cora DeVos, “Ink and Stories – Cora DeVos, Guest Blogger,” tea&bannock, January 12, 2017, https://teaandbannock.com/2017/01/12/ink-and-stories-cora-devos-guest-blogger/.
  2. Ibid.
  3. John Geoghegan, “Healing Ink: An Interview with Cora DeVos,” Inuit Art Quarterly 31, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 48.
  4. Angela Hovak Johnston, Reawakening Our Ancestors’ Lines: Revitalizing Inuit Traditional Tattooing (Inhabit Media: Toronto, 2017).