560 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Curated by: Helga Pakasaar
NEWS! takes an in-depth look at the news photography archives of the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers. This unique collection holds a breadth of material that includes hundreds of thousands of photographs from the 1880s to the 1990s. The exhibition will trace the history of Vancouver through a selection of photographs and ephemeral material. It will reveal how news photography evolved dramatically over the past hundred years as pictures began to play a more important role in newspapers. Over the twentieth century, occasional illustrations were replaced by photographs, which dominated the pages of newspapers by the 1960s, when staff photographers were in abundance. Television and picture magazines such as LIFE also helped shift public understandings of current affairs from the written word to images.
NEWS! will explore the developments of photography as a medium. The range of pictures reveals many subjects and styles of photography: comic photo-ops, famous visitors, civic events, prominent politicians and anonymous citizens, disasters, scandals, and plenty of sports–a specialty of many staff photographers. The exhibition also includes material from the archive, and brings to light its intricate filing and indexing systems. This exhibition is produced with assistance from the The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers.
Thursday, February 14, 5 – 8pm | Opening Reception
Saturday, February 16, 3:00pm | Presentation by Vancouver Sun archivist Kate Bird and Columnist John Mackie
Saturday, March 16, 3:00pm | Panel Discussion with NEWS photographers Glenn Baglo, Ralph Bower, Rick Ernst and John Denniston