John Goldsmith named Georgia Straight and Capture Photography Festival Canada Line prize winner

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      John Goldsmith, a Detroit-born Vancouver-based fine-art photographer, has won the Capture Photography Festival Canada Line Competition.

      Last fall, the Georgia Straight  and Capture Photography Festival invited photographers of all backgrounds to respond to the theme “Authenticity in Documentary-style Photography” by submitting an image or a series of images that create a story or narrative.

      A jury consisting of Pablo De Ocampo (exhibitions curator at the Western Front), Dr. Laura Marks (professor at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts), and Nigel Prince (executive director of the Contemporary Art Gallery) narrowed it down to a shortlist of five.

      Georgia Straight readers voted on the final selection of Goldsmith, whose submission included five photos taken in Canada and Australia.

      "My photographs draw from the rich history of documentary photography and explore the social aspects of people inhabiting the built environment," said Goldsmith in an artist's statement.

      "With a theatrical mood, my artwork documents unstaged moments punctuated with the visual literation of a post-modern psyche. Photographs are presented as discovered and in the spirit of the straight movement; nothing added, nothing removed.

      "For this project, photographs were taken in western Canada and eastern Australia, home to some of the world’s most livable cities. Within this designation, citizens negotiate manufactured landscapes under the ever watchful eyes of government, commerce, and an increasingly photographic general public."

      Goldsmith's images will will be installed large-scale at the Canada Line King Edward station and he will receive a $500 artist fee, as well as a prize pack from the Straight.

      Capture fest will return in 2016 from April 1 to 28, with exhibitions, public art installations and events throughout Metro Vancouver and parts of the Lower Mainland.