Ian Leslie Macdonald is a Toronto based photographer. In March 2017 Ian was invited by Her Majesty The Queen to do a series of portraits of Her at Windsor Castle to commemorate Her Platinum Anniversary as Colonel-in-Chief of The 48th Highlanders of Canada. As the Regimental Photographer to The 48th, he had the honour of also being asked to take new official portraits for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery during the sitting.
At Windsor Castle, Ian was asked by Her Majesty to take a special official portrait of Her Majesty which was released by Buckingham Palace on July 1st, 2017 to commemorate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. In October 2017 Her Majesty invited Ian to a private audience with Her at Buckingham Palace to present his finished portraits, which are now in the Royal Collection and Royal Archives.
Ian’s work has been used on book covers, documentary films, magazines, CD covers, and on permanent display in venues in Canada and the United Kingdom. His work is also in the Royal Archives and the private collections of various members of the Royal Family.
In 2019, Canada Post issued a First Day Cover with two of Ian’s images to celebrate a new stamp featuring Her Majesty The Queen.
Ian focuses on capturing images while travelling, exploring architectural buildings, historical locations, people, and natural subjects. In 2012, Ian was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada and The Crown. Governor General David Johnston said "Ian, my wife and I will treasure the photographs you gave us. What a talent".
Ian has been a member of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project for many years helping to archive thousands of images from the First World War. Both Ian's Grandfather and Great Uncle were pipers and stretcher bearers with the Battalion (The 48th Highlanders of Canada) during the war.
An expert on Harvey Milk, Ian is a sought out speaker on LGBT rights and history.
For more information on the project visit http://15thbattalioncef.ca/