Ted Grant began his career when photographers still used film, never knowing what kind of photo he got until the film was developed. Despite advances in technology, waiting is still key to his practice. No matter what the subject—notable people, the Vietnam War, the children of Chernobyl, the Olympic Games, births, deaths, or doctors performing surgery—his process is always to find his vantage point, plant himself, and wait for the right moment.
As a photojournalist and documentary photographer, Grant does not manipulate or stage his photos to achieve any preconceived idea of what the photo should convey. He doesn’t pose his subjects and he doesn’t use flash. He doesn’t need to. And while his intent is to allow the photograph to speak for itself, there is no denying that it is his unique way of seeing and experiencing the world that determines which moment is captured and chosen to convey the true essence of a subject.
The photos on display at YVR-Airport Station are a small and varied sampling of Grant’s sixty-year career.
Presented by YVR-Airport Authority in partnership with Capture Photography Festival. Capture gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Columbia Arts Council.
We are honoured to have Photographer Ted Grant speak on the Canada Line tour on Sunday, April 17. During the YVR stop of the tour, Mr. Grant will share stories from his memories of shooting the iconic photographs which hang at YVR as part of the Capture Canada Line public installation programming. Details HERE.
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