Satellite Gallery exhibition: News!, February 15 – March 30, 2013

Aug 9, 1971 -- Photograph from the Gastown riot by Glen Baglo of the Vancouver Sun Newspaper. Print from the collection of John Denniston

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, February 14, 5:00 – 8:00PM
Presentation by Kate Bird & John MackieSaturday, February 16, 3:00pm
Panel Discussion with Staff photographers –  Saturday, March 16, 3:00pm

Presentation House Gallery is pleased to announce NEWS!, an exhibition at Satellite Gallery that takes an in-depth look at the news photography archives of The Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers. This unique collection holds a breadth of material that includes hundreds of thousands of photographs from the 1880s to the 1990s.

The exhibition will trace the history of Vancouver through a selection of photographs and ephemeral material. It will reveal how news photography evolved dramatically over the past hundred years as pictures began to play a more important role in newspapers. Over the twentieth century, occasional illustrations were replaced by photographs, which dominated the pages of newspapers by the 1960s, when staff photographers were in abundance. Television and picture magazines such as LIFE also helped shift public understandings of current affairs from the written word to images.

NEWS! will explore the developments of photography as a medium. The range of pictures reveals many subjects and styles of photography: comic photo-ops, famous visitors, civic events, prominent politicians and anonymous citizens, disasters, scandals, and plenty of sports—a specialty of many staff photographers. The exhibition also includes material from the archive, and brings to light its intricate filing and indexing systems.

NEWS! is made possible with assistance from the The Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers, and is curated by Helga Pakasaar, Presentation House Gallery.