February 2nd, 2005
catch the shutter bug
Wonder what Canada is known for in Europe these days? Well, besides Douglas Coupland, B.C. Bud and Leonard Cohen (yes, that was our most beloved Jewish monk's singing in the latest Emmanuelle Beart/Gerard Depardieu vehicle Nathalie), we're known for modern photography.
Collectors in Munich and Dusseldorf may be better informed about the Vancouver School than most locals (and own more of its photography, too) but it's not too late to brush up on your knowledge of triptychs and backlit cibachromes.
World-class Vancouver collectors Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, whose photo collection spans from the mid-19th Century to the modern day, recently donated some 300 photographic works to the Vancouver Art Gallery, including a sizeable number by acclaimed Swiss shooter Robert Frank, known for his 1950s series "The Americans."
Entitled Real Pictures, the show is open to the public starting Saturday, February 5.
Outspoken photographer and founding member of the Vancouver School, Roy Arden, gives a free tour Sunday February 13, 2 p.m.
The collectors lead a free tour Thursday February 17, 7 p.m. (admission by donation on Thursday nights).
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