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Capture Photography Festival

The annual Capture Photography Festival is the largest in Western Canada and the first of it’s kind in British Columbia. It was established to address Vancouver’s international reputation as a cutting-edge photography city and its significant role in the development of photography as an art form. Beyond providing opportunities to artists and platforms for citywide discussion, Capture also aims to cultivate support for the visual arts by developing a greater audience for photography. Capture is committed to offering a wide range of highly accessible public programs throughout the Metro Vancouver region.

In 2015, Capture presented over 100 events, exhibitions, and public art installations throughout Metro Vancouver during the month of April. Festival highlights included the feature exhibition, Images that Speak, at Satellite Gallery, curated by Christopher Eamon. The group exhibition showcased the work of British artist, Steve McQueen, along with 10 other artists offering insight into the most innovative approaches to photography today.

Capture also presented three major public art project including a large, jointly commissioned installation with the Burrard Arts Foundation on the BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation by Canadian photographer, Jessica Eaton. In partnership with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Capture showcases Monument to Mysterious Fire, four photographs on a pair of two-sided billboards in Mount Pleasant. Finally, the Canada Line featured a series of installations on the theme “the city before the city” at eight stations. These installations grew out of the topic for the collaborative, multi-sited exhibit c̓әsnaʔәm: the city before the city and feature voices from the Indigenous community. Additionally, panel discussions, artist talks, and film screenings rounded out the month’s festivities.

Capture will return April 2016, check for updates, and sign up to our mailing list to stay in touch.

Photo credits:

Jessica Eaton, DG Weave, 2015, mock-up installation view BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation, photograph by Nelson Mouëlllic

Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Monument to Mysterious Fires [Installation view], 2015, photograph by Nelson Mouëllic

Capture 2015 Launch Party and the opening reception for Images that Speak, photographs by Nelson Mouëllic.

Jessica Eaton talk at Inform Interiors, photograph by Michael Young

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