We believe that a collective appreciation for and celebration of lens-based art deepens the cultural landscape in Metro Vancouver and is a catalyst for new and exciting exchanges, collaborations, and partnerships between diverse audiences, artists, and communities.
Capture Photography Festival supports artistic excellence in diverse lens-based practices, with a focus on critical and challenging work, while nurturing emerging talent. Capture enables meaningful local and international collaborations and facilitates public interest, critical dialogue, and education around lens-based art as a progressive medium and significant vessel for communication.
We value critical programming, dialogue, and publications; creative partnerships and collaborations; meaningful public engagement; diversity and inclusion; compelling learning opportunities; and fostering opportunities for lens-based artists.
Capture Photography Festival Society is a not-for-profit whose mandate is:
- To celebrate and foster an appreciation of lens-based art through an annual festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, including exhibitions, public art, community engagement, and learning opportunities that facilitate dialogue around photography in all its forms.
- To showcase the work of critically acclaimed artists from around the world and to support emerging lens-based artists by providing a platform for them to develop their practice.
- To cultivate partnerships with local and international cultural institutions with the goal of collectively presenting the most compelling and current lens-based art.
- To present perspectives from diverse backgrounds, including from a variety of geographic regions and those who identify as women, Indigenous, LGBTQ/2S+, visible minorities, or members of other underrepresented groups.
Erin Siddall and Sean Arden, Viewpoint, installation view at Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, a 2016 Public Art Project. Photo: Nelson Mouëllic.