Capture Photography Festival Speaker Series

Brussels-based Canadian artist Alex Morrison discusses Brand New Era Social Club (2017), his major public art commission on the facade of the Dal Grauer Substation on Burrard Street, and other aspects of his diverse practice, in conversation with photographer Christos Dikeakos.


We mostly know famous architecture not through direct experience, but through images made by architectural photographers like Ema Peter. In conversation with Mark Busse of HCMA Architecture + Design, Peter discusses the constructed nature of architectural photos, the symbiotic relationship between buildings and photography, and how image capture affects design. She also shares technical insights and experiences from her award-winning career.



“Allegory, Conversion, Camera Lucida”
Talk by art historian and critic Shep Steiner:

Steiner suggests that we need to re-evaluate popular understandings of Roland Barthes’s influential and much-quoted text Camera Lucida. He posits Barthes’s book has largely escaped capture by its best and closest interpreters because they have not fully comprehended the problem that photography poses for memory.

In this lecture, Steiner explores Camera Lucida as an example of classical allegory that defies modernity’s prohibition against futurity. Through a close reading of the text, he weighs the photograph’s negative effect on memory against its life-afirming qualities and offers an updated interpretation of the punctum.