about louise

Louise Abbott is a longtime writer, photographer, and filmmaker who has concentrated on documenting rural culture and history as well as the natural environment in Canada and abroad.

She is the author of seven books: The Coast Way (McGill-Queens University Press), The French Shore (Waterous), A Country So Wild and Grand (CoastersAssocation), The Heart of the Farm (Price-Patterson), Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree/Terre des Cris (COTA), and Memphrémagog: An Illustrated History (volumes 1 and 2)

She has also contributed text or photos to other books, such as Taproot II: Prose and Images from the Eastern Townships (Townshippers' Association, 2003). For a review, see Montreal Review of Books 2003.

Louise’s photos have been exhibited in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and they are represented in Library and Archives Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, and several other public collections. They have appeared in more than thirty photo anthologies, including Une Histoire des Québécoises en Photos; Hivers; Regards du Québec; Montréal au XXe siécle; Treasures of the National Archives of Canada; and Children in Photography: 150 Years.

Louise has directed numerous films, including Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story (COTA), Saving the Founder’s Home (Brome County Historical Society), The History of Nunavik (Kativik Educational Television), The Pinnacle and the Poet (National Film Board of Canada), Alexander Walbridge: The Visionary of Mystic (Missisquoi Historical Society), Giving Shelter: Historic Barns of the Eastern Townships (Rural Route Communications), Crisscrossing Space and Time (Rural Route Communications), Quebec Roots and Once Upon a Time (Blue Metropolis Foundation), A Journey to Remember (Neeposh Family), and Historic Georgeville: Walks and Talks with John Boynton (Rural Route Communications). She wrote the script and served as assistant director on The Empty Net/Le filet vide (Imageries).


Louise has received arts awards from the Canada Council, the Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs (now CALQ), the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Bannerman Foundation, and other private foundations. In 2002 she won the Norman Kucharsky Award for Cultural and Artistic Journalism given by PWAC (the Professional Writers Association of Canada) and the Greg Clark Internship Award given by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.


In 2003 Louise began to collaborate with her husband, award-winning cabinetmaker and photographer Niels Jensen, on photographic projects.  Louise and Niels are based in the Eastern Townships but travel frequently on assignment.  As a husband-and-wife team, they have produced photo-essays for newspapers like The (Montreal) Gazette and magazines like Heritage.


 In 2006 they held a joint exhibition at Galerie Arts Sutton entitled A Working Landscape.


 In 2007 they received a grant from the Townshippers  Research and Cultural Foundation for work on The Heart of the Farm, which was published in October of 2008. Niels created half of the photos for the book.


Since 2007, Louise and Niels have worked with the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA) and other Cree groups, documenting various aspects of life in the James Bay region of Quebec at different times of the year. They have also worked on projects for Inuit groups.