Friday, April 21, 2017: 7–10 pm (Members Preview*)
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 2017: 11 am–6 pm
(Swag Bags for the first 25 people through the door!)


Western Front
303 East 8th Ave

*The Members Preview is for Members of Capture, Vancouver Art Book Fair, and the Western Front. Capture memberships will be available at the door for $10, or guests may purchase both Capture and VABF memberships for $20 (a savings of $10).




Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 2017: 10 am–4 pm


James Black Gallery
144 East 6th Ave

We regret that the Grand Luxe at the Western Front and James Black Gallery are not wheelchair accessible.



The inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair surveys one of photography’s earliest forms of dissemination—the photo book—demonstrating how this vital form continues to evolve, push the conventions of artists’ books, and carry photography into new contexts.

Free and open to the public, the Vancouver Photo Book Fair 2017 is Vancouver’s first art book fair dedicated to artists whose book-making practices incorporate or intersect with photography and lens-based art. The multi-day event encompasses an engaging program and a variety of local and international artists, collectives, and publishers.

The Vancouver Photo Book Fair is organized in partnership with the Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF), the longest-running international art book fair in Canada, which takes place every October at the Vancouver Art Gallery. For more information, visit



The offsite program at James Black Gallery features workshops and talks on photography, artists’ books, and publishing.

All weekend long, JBG also hosts the pop-up library installation VABF’s Annotations, a space for discussion and discovery of the discourses surrounding photographic and lens-based practices. Visitors can leaf through photo books and texts from the VABF Library & Archive project and reflect on what they’ve learned from the artist’s talks and workshops by writing down dissonances, studying more texts, or talking with peers.


10 am: The Art in the Written Review (pre-registration recommended)
A workshop by
Peripheral Review. This workshop explores and tests the boundaries of the exhibition review through multiple literary and artistic methods, including … [more]

1 pm: When Is a Photobook Not a Photo Book
A talk by Jeff Khonsary, New Documents. Photobooks have a very long and specific history defined across various regional and cultural contexts. Their audience and … [more]

2 pm: Intersectional Papers—CANCELLED
Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

3 pm: The Politics of Seeing
A roundtable discussion led by Rob Anderson, Vancouver Art Book Fair. Light comes in, photographs come out. Yet current photography trends prove that it is no longer … [more]


10 am: Let’s Photo Zine (pre-registration required)
A youth photo zine workshop by Julia Dahee Hong. Bringing together photography and printed matter, Let’s Photo Zine is an introductory workshop to photography zines … [more]

2 pm: Publishing as Practice
A talk by Ho Tam, Hotam Press. Independent artist Ho Tam discusses his artistic practice as Hotam Press, including more detailed analysis of several selected projects … [more]

3 pm: Model Actor, Sensitive Male
A performance by Jaz Halloran, with reading by Steffanie Ling. Separated into three parts, Model Actor, Sensitive Male uses performance, essay, and conversation to address … [more]



Atelier Éditions is a limited-edition publishing house based in Los Angeles. Authoring archival monographs, contemporary art books, and exploratory printed matter, the atelier regularly curates exhibitions, envisages cultural programming, initiates seminars and workshops, and enacts memorable collaborations.

Barbara Strigel is a Vancouver-based photographer and book artist. She produces one-of-a-kind, hand-constructed books, as well as editioned books that are explorations of how we experience place.

Circular Script is a Vancouver-based artist collective that publishes printed matter and photo-based books. With varying individual practices, members produce narrative and conceptual projects that explore current issues as well as personal and experimental experiences.

David Crompton is a visual artist whose work has been screened and exhibited internationally. He has published two photography-based artist’s books, Where I’m From (2013) and Common (2014), and has additional work forthcoming in 2017.

Douglas Williams‘s publications create narrative in light, shadow, and form. Photography integrates his studies and interests in art, language, architecture, theatre, wilderness, and travel.

Geist is the Canadian magazine of ideas and culture with a focus on fresh interactions between words and images. Geist publishes photo essays, street photography, vernacular photography, and other forms.

Gerri York‘s photographic, portfolio publications are recreations of archival print postcards from the 1940s, layered with photograms to evoke a spectral presence.

Greystone Books is a publisher of fine nonfiction books, pairing striking photography with stories about nature and the environment, travel and adventure, current issues, sports, and personal passions.

Hotam Press publishes Hotam and Poser, two artist’s book series using the magazine format. Each book is a self-contained project exploring ideas and forms, produced by the artist Ho Tam.

Jaz Halloran is a Vancouver-based graphic designer who creates identities, websites, artists’ books, magazines, zines, and print ephemera. His projects explore image-making, identity, and communication within visual culture.

Michael Love is an artist, curator, and educator living in Vancouver. Much of his work focuses on the legacy of the Cold War conflict and how it continues to resonate.

New Documents is a Vancouver and Los Angeles–based art book publisher. New photo books include Ruth van Beek: The Cast, Jon Rafman: Nine Eyes, and Seth Fluker and Sheila Heti: Seth and Sheila Stayed Behind.

Newpaper is the new generation in photography, presenting magazines, postcards, prints, zines, posters, and more by local and international photographers in visual art, fashion, and skateboard culture. With work by: As.iz Agency, Antisocial, Antosh Cimoszko, Archive Magazine, Calen Knauf, David Briker, Gordon Nicholas, Johann Wall, Kane Hopkins, Laine Butler, Mats Schram, Monster Children, Natasha Lands, Paul Harman, Teen / Intricate Folds, Yvonne Hachkowski, and Zhamak Fullad.

Peripheral Review is a publication of critical and alternative art exhibition reviews based in Vancouver and Toronto, with a goal of enabling access for both emerging and established writers.

Perish Publishing is a small Toronto-based press that focuses on artists’ books by practicing contemporary artists, at all stages of their careers, whose content is original to the publication. Perish’s books are printed in-house at its print shop, Standard Form, allowing for ambitious and experimental print processes.

Presentation House Gallery exhibits and disseminates photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary Canadian work within a context of historical and international art. It produces national and international tours of exhibitions, publications, public events, and art education programs.

Print Ready is an exhibition series that promotes the work of artists experimenting with self-publishing zines and books.

Quality Street Editions is a group of Vancouver-based artists, designers, photographers, and thinkers who are united by their production of printed matter.

Seth Fluker is a Toronto-based photographer who has self-published numerous books. Most recently, his book Before Things Change was featured in the Barbican exhibition Strange & Familiar, curated by Martin Parr.

Tenant Books is an independent publisher that creates limited-edition books, camera manuals, and objects focusing on the media of 35 mm point-and-shoot photography.

Trevor Van den Eijnden is a visual artist who works in photography and the photographic through objects, images, and bookworks. His work focuses on light and aesthetics as salves for dark subject matter.

Vancouver Art Book Fair is an organization dedicated to establishing Vancouver as a centre for artists’ publishing. In addition to an annual fair, it produces various curatorial and publishing projects on local and global platforms.

Zefan Sramek is a multidisciplinary artist and musician whose work incorporates photography, illustration, and printing on themes of man-made landscapes, psychosocial phenomena, and the relationships between the two.

Zine Club is a group of international artists engaging both print and digital platforms. Recent projects include the conceptual photography publication Spiritual Pilgrimage and print works East/West, Summer Studio, and Agree to Disagree.

Photo: Hikaru Hayashi



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