One of the most prominent photojournalists and commercial photographers in Canada during the 1950s and 60s, Walter Curtin published his photo essays in the country's most prominent magazines of the time. Born Walter Spiegel in Vienna, he emigrated to London, England, following Hitler's "Anschluss" of Austria. After serving in the British army during World War II, he changed his name to the more anglicized Curtin. In 1946, he became a professional photographer in London and worked on a freelance basis for Time-Life publications among other clients. In 1952, Curtin emigrated to Canada, where he continued to work extensively as a photojournalist and commercial photographer from a home base in Toronto.