Celebrated documentary photographer and filmmaker, Nance Ackerman has been making images around the world for over 30 years. Her documentary photography work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Canadian Geographic, New York Times, and Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail and she was the assistant photo editor at the Montreal Gazette for several years before going freelance. Her photographs of First Nations women have been exhibited at the Aperture Foundation in New York and the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. Ackerman's book, Womankind: Faces of Change Around the World – a collection of portraits and essays of women activists around the world – was released in 2003.
In 2005 Ackerman turned her eye to directing social documentary films. Her first film, the National Film Board feature documentary Cottonland, brought in numerous awards and three Gemini Nominations. Since then she has made several more award-winning documentaries and an animated short. Her collaborative feature documentary film, Conviction, went inside Canada's prisons to imagine alternatives to incarceration through art and music and premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival, and will be on the Documentary Channel in the Fall of 2019. Ackerman has a masters degree in New Media and also taught for seven years at the University of Kings College, in Halifax. She now offers International photography workshops around the world. Ackerman is in production on a CBC documentary about joyous activism, and composes soundtracks with her partner, Jamie Alcorn, at their studio in Halifax, Heartstring Productions.