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Greg Girard
Under Vancouver 1972–1982

April 22 to May 27, 2017

To coincide with the launch of Greg Girard’s new book “Under Vancouver 1972– 1982,” published by the Magenta Foundation, Monte Clark Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Greg Girard that are featured in the book.

“Greg Girard’s photographs of Vancouver from the 1970s and early 1980s show us the city’s final days as a port town at the end of the railway line. Soon after Vancouver began to be noticed by the wider world (Expo 86 is generally agreed on as the pivotal moment), the city began refashioning itself as an urban resort on nature’s doorstep and attracting attention as a destination for real estate investment. At that time, long before post-9/11 security concerns sealed off the working waterfront from the city, many of Vancouver’s downtown and east side streets ended at the waterfront, an area filled with commercial fishing docks, cargo terminals, and bars and cafés for waterfront workers and sailors. Pawn-shop windows downtown displayed outboard motors, chainsaws and fishing gear. Wandering these streets, living in cheap hotels, Girard photographed the workaday (and night) world of the city where he grew up.” —The Magenta Foundation

Greg Girard’s works reside in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and numerous other public and private collections. Girard has been featured in National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The National Post, The Star, and numerous other publications. Several books on artist’s work have been published, including Magenta’s Phantom Shanghai, now in it’s 3rd edition of printing and listed as one of the top 10 photography books of all time by The Independent, (UK). Most recently, Girard’s work has been shown at the Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, BC), the International Centre for Photography (New York), PM Gallery (London, UK), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), and at the Yixian International Photo Festival (China).

Greg Girard: Under Vancouver 1972 – 1982 is part of the 2017 Capture Photography Festival.

Greg Girard
Super Valu
1976
Archival pigment print

Greg Girard
Gas Pump Near Sugar Refinery
1981
Archival pigment print

Greg Girard
Lucky Time Café
1975
Archival pigment print

Greg Girard
Unpaved Parking Lot
1981
Archival pigment print

Greg Girard
Silver Grill Café
1975
Archival pigment print

Greg Girard
Camaro in Alley
1981
Archival pigment print