12 Inspiring Events at the 2016 Exposure Photography Festival

From "A panorama protects its view" by Tyler Los-Jones.

From “A panorama protects its view” by Tyler Los-Jones.

This winter marks the 12th year of Exposure Photography Festival’s creative impact in the Bow Valley.  The festival is a passionate volunteer-driven celebration of the art of photography and includes numerous workshops, gallery exhibitions and artist talks in Canmore, Banff and Calgary.

In honour of the 12th anniversary, we’ve handpicked our 12 favourite events that will inspire you to develop your practice or just enjoy the incredible talent on display.

Whether you’re an amateur or seasoned shooter, there’ll be no shortage of inspiration for you at these amazing events.

Need a place to stay while you’re checking out the galleries? May we recommend:

In Canmore: Paintbox Lodge. This locally owned boutique inn is currently showing an exhibition of photos by Noel Rogers up on the walls, featuring his best images of the area surrounding Mount Assiniboine. A photographer’s dream.

In Banff: Arts lovers will feel at home staying at The Banff Centre up on Tunnel Mountain. You’re a stone’s throw away from the Walter Phillips Gallery and many other exhibitions on the walls and halls throughout campus.

In Calgary: You know what? If you’re gonna go all out for an arts-fuelled fun night in the city, you may as well splurge and stay at the Palliser downtown. It’s an easy sprint to the C-Train and is within walking distance from a few of the events mentioned below.

Fundraiser in support of the Festival

Date: Friday, January 22nd
Location: Folk Festival Hall Order , Inglewood, Calgary
Time: 7pm – 10:30pm
The following three exhibits will be on the wall from January 30 – March 27

Exposure takes over Calgary’s historic neighbourhood of Inglewood for a night in support of the festival. This event’s silent auction is EPIC. All proceeds from the evening will go towards building a bigger and better photography festival in Calgary, Banff and Canmore.

Photo credit: Sylvia Plachy, Banff Upper Hot Springs, 2011, archival inkjet print

Photo credit: Sylvia Plachy, Banff Upper Hot Springs, 2011, archival inkjet print

Opening reception for exhibitions at the WHYTE MUSEUM

Date: Saturday, January 30th
Time: 6pm (members) and 7pm (public)
The following three exhibits will be on the wall from January 30 – March 27
Price: FREE

Come down and join the photographers in celebrating the opening of three exhibitions: “Point of View,” “Through the Lens,” and “Back to the Land”.

Point of View: Photographs Inspired by the Canadian Rockies

Date: On display from January 30th – March 27th

From traditional photographs of the Canadian Rockies by Ansel Adams and Bruce Barnbaum, to social documentary work by Sylvia Plachy, Barbara Spohr and Stephen Shore, this exhibition examines photography inspired by landscape of grand scale.

Through the Lens

Date: On display from January 30th – March 27th

The Through the Lens program, now in it’s 19th year, immerses Bow Valley students in the creative process of traditional and digital photography and encourages participants to experiment and learn about themselves, their community and the medium of visual communication.

From "Back to the Land" by Jeremy Fokkens.

From “Back to the Land” by Jeremy Fokkens.

Back to the Land: Photographs by Jeremy Fokkens

Date: On display from January 30th – March 27th

Jeremy Fokkens reveals the beginning of a five-year photographic projec that will take him across all ten provinces and three territories in search of Canadians residing in places very few have visited, let alone even heard of. The exhibition consists of 10 large portraits and stories from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C.

"Exit from another world" by Roger Gruys.

“Exit from another world” by Roger Gruys.

The Wild Rockies – Photo Exhibit

Date: January 30th – February 28th
Location: Cave and Basin, Banff
Time: 7pm – 10:30pm
Price: FREE with site entry

Mountain park staff (from Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, Glacier, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Waterton Lakes national parks) showcase the best of their photographs, including close-ups of wildlife, dramatic shots of wildfires, small quiet moments and vast mountain landscapes.

Photographer Talks: Andreas Rutkauskas, Tyler Los-Jones and Nicole Kelly Westman

Date: Monday, February 1st
Time: 7pm -8:30pm
Location: artsPlace, Canmore
Price: By donation (Minimum $5)
From "A panorama protects its view" by Tyler Los-Jones.

From “A panorama protects its view” by Tyler Los-Jones

Photographers Andreas Rutkauskas, Tyler Los-Jones and Nicole Kelly Westman discuss their work on exhibition during the Exposure Photography Festival. Topics include the effect of technology and tourism on the perception and exploitation of landscapes, the history of coal mining in the Badlands, and an exploration of photography as a tool in multi-disciplinary art practices that include sculpture, film, and installation.

Local Emerging Photographers Exhibition

Date: February 3 – 28
Location: Motion Gallery, Calgary
Opening Reception: February 13, 5 – 7pm
Price: FREE

A showcase of eight local up-and-coming photographers: Brad Williams, Gary Duits, Jillaine Jurchuk, Katy Whitt, Kevin J Mellis, Robert Rondinelli, Sara Kuefler and Yuli Sato.

"Bot" portrait by Jack Germsheid.

“Bot” portrait by Jack Germsheid.

Rise of the Bots

Exhibition Dates: February 5-26th
Meet-the-artists event: February 20 – 12pm (FREE)
Location: Reworks Upcycle Shop, Calgary

Photographer Jack Germsheid and Reworks Upcycle Shop present a series of robot portraits, conjured from the remnants of the 20th century – vacuum tubes, clock gears and photographic ephemera. The unique photographic images of the bots on display are made with the 19th Century wet collodion process.

"Sleeping Beauty" by Leesa Streifler.

“Sleeping Beauty” by Leesa Streifler.


Exhibition Dates: February 4 – March 19th
Meet-the-artists event: February 20 – 12pm (FREE)
Location: Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary

Leesa Streifler is a multidisciplinary artist and art professor whose career spans over three decades. This exhibition is a mini-survey of Streifler’s photo-based work and marks her first major exhibition in a commercial gallery.

Shane Arsenault, "Facades".

Shane Arsenault, “Facades”.


Exhibition Dates: February 4, 2016 – Saturday, February 27
Location: Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary

Shane Arsenault grew up in Canmore and is now a recent grad of the ACAD photography program. He will show new work from his FACADE series in the HK INCUBATOR space.


Date: February 6-29th
Location: Canada House Gallery, Banff

Dualities is a two-person feature that highlights Steven Nederveen and Dieter Schlatter. Both artists augment their photography with painting creating dreamy and dramatic fantastical landscapes.

Learn more about the festival and see all the events at exposurephotofestival.com

Kristy Davison

Kristy Davison

Kristy founded Highline Magazine in 2008, motivated by the pursuit of stories that both inspire and make us laugh at our wild ways. Her background in fine arts and design, love for reading and research, and a life spent wandering in the Rockies combine to lead the vision for the magazine. She lives for hut trips, live music, walks in the woods, and kicking back with friends in the summertime.

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