Gastown's Inform Interiors to host free talks by lens-based artists as part of Capture Photography Festival

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      This year’s Capture Photography Festival may feature dozens of ways to engage with the art of camerawork, but the fete is also offering Vancouverites a way to get up-close and personal with the creative minds behind the pieces.

      As part of the fourth annual event, local home furnishings and décor shop Inform Interiors (50 Water Street) will be hosting the Capture Speaker Series, a set of free talks taking place throughout April that will see four artists and photographers sharing their experiences with the medium.

      On April 4, U.K.–born, Brussels-based artist Alex Morrison will discuss Brand New Era Social Club, a public-art commission that will be installed on the outside of the Dal Grauer Substation on Burrard Street for this year’s Capture. A mix of scanned, photographed, and computer-manipulated images, the work depicts a three-dimensional room that reflects the disjointed nature of Vancouver’s history. His conversation will take place with Vancouver-based photographer Christos Dikeakos.

      British-Mexican photographer Alinka Echeverria will speak on April 11 about her anthropology-influenced practice and how her public-art installation Precession of the Feminine—displayed at Chinatown-Stadium station beginning April 1—challenges traditional representations of women in history.

      On April 18, Vancouver-based architectural photographer Ema Peter will sit down with Mark Busse, a director at HCMA Architecture + Design, to share her thoughts on the staged nature of architectural images, the relationship between building structures and camerawork, and how the art of photographer influences design.

      Finally, on April 28, internationally recognized art historian and critic Shep Steiner will challenge the arguments put forth in Roland Barthes’s seminal Camera Lucida.

      Admission to the Capture Speaker Series is free of charge. All talks take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on their respective dates. Guests should RSVP online to ensure space availability.

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