Publisher Note

Rita Leistner planted over half a million trees from 1984-93. She spent the next twenty years working as a documentary photographer and photojournalist, primarily in war zones, claiming the backbreaking work of tree planting and the logistical skills she acquired as a crew boss prepared her for thriving in challenging environments.
Returning to the cut-block (the vast swathes of land cleared by logging) in 2016, Leistner “embedded” with a community of 100 tree planters, spending four years living in their bush camps in remote parts of western Canada. She creates heroic and uncanny portraits of work and of the land in homage to the people, profession and environment that were so formative to her.
Modern Canadian Tree Planting, now in its third generation, is considered a rite of passage and is an indelible part of Canada's national identity as a world leader in sustainable forest management.
Tree planting is a hybrid industrial labour and high intensity sport, where Canadian tree planters set the bar and are without peers worldwide. Today, tree planting is at a crossroads: the crucial moment at which it is transitioning from being something securely within the forestry industry to a kind of Anthropocene climate change symptom and solution.

In addition to the book, the five-year project resulted in a feature documentary film Forest for the Trees (2021).


Forest For The Trees

by Rita Leistner

Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2021
Artist: Rita Leistner
ISBN-13: 978-1-911306-75-7
Topics Forest, Trees
Language French, English
Format clothbound hardcover
Dimensions 25.0 × 29.0 cm
Pages 256