Robert Charles Bourdeau studied the arts at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, for a year, then attended the University of Toronto School of Architecture in Ontario.
Robert Charles Bourdeau works as a freelance photographer and has received grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. His subjects cover the range from landscapes and wildlife to inanimate buildings and still life. He photographed all over the world, visiting places like Sri Lanka, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, France and the United States.
In the 70s, Robert Charles Bourdeau switched to large format and stayed true to long exposure. The large format allowed him to preserve as many details as possible. The method was slow and calculated. What he wanted was to catch the moment in space where nature fights for territory that has been taken from her. So, there are scenes of buildings overgrown with ivy, decayed constructions or rocks dwelling in mountain streams. This act of rebellion against industrial elements was always portrayed in tranquillity and elegance.
Along with his exhibitions worldwide, his photographs are found in collections of National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Canadian Centre for Architecture and many others.