Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Festival strives to nurture emerging talent, engage community, and spark public dialogue about photography as an art form and a vessel for communication.
The April 2017 edition presents photography at over 70 esteemed galleries and community spaces throughout Vancouver as part of the Festival’s Selected and Open Exhibition Programs, and further includes public installations, tours, films, artist talks, and the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair.
As photography becomes an increasingly accessible art form, its practitioners and admirers are forced to ask themselves ever more difficult questions. Namely, how do we now distinguish the amateur from the professional, the casual from the conceptual, appropriation from influence, and, more recently, the technique from the tool?
There are no clear-cut answers to these questions. Rather, they’ve developed into entry points for artists to explore exactly what it means for be making photographs today. Capture aims to add to this discourse while opening the discussion into a citywide conversation, appealing to photography converts and skeptics alike.
By showcasing the best of local and international photographic art forms, Capture points to the region’s rich photographic history. Over the last thirty years, Vancouver has launched some of contemporary art’s best known photographers through the movement known as photoconceptualism. Going back to the group known as the Vancouver School in the 1980s, casual photo-based work gave young iconoclast artists a chance to mark out new thought-provoking questions about what art was and what it could become.
Since then, photoconceptualism has become a proud badge for Vancouver to wear in the global art scene, encompassing artist like Vikky Alexander, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Ken Lum, Jeff Wall, and Ian Wallace. By reflecting a history of local photography within a global context, Capture aims to inspire photography lovers of all backgrounds while attracting new audiences to celebrate and learn more about our region’s vibrant art-historical roots.