How Images Affect us: Panel Discussion

Part of the Capture Festival

How image affects us APR 1CAPIC Vancouver has gathered a number of incredible Vancouver based, influential photographers from variety of different disciplines. Join us for one evening of discussion with the topic “How Images Affect Us” A “Pecha Kucha”/Creative Mornings” style of talk where each photographer will have 7 minutes to discuss their photography and how it impacts themselves and others, this will be followed by a Q and A session with all of the participants.

April 15, 2015                                                                                                                                        SFU Woodwards

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NOTE: Due to the nature of the industry, please keep in mind that the panel line-up is subject to change


Paul Colangelo is a documentary photographer with a focus on environmental issues and wildlife.

For the past five years, he has focused on a long-term project that explores a shift in Canadian values—for generations, our vast wilderness has been a celebrated part of our national identity, but over the past decade, a seismic shift in national values has resulted in this wilderness being viewed as a stockpile of natural resources. To tell this large, sweeping story, Paul has focused on wildlife and cultural hotspots across Canada that are affected by the expanding resource industry. Clients include National Geographic, Orion, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s. Paul was recently included among PDN’s 30 and he is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers



David duChemin is a world & humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, international workshop leader, and accidental founder of Craft & Vision.

When on assignment David creates powerful images that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable and oppressed for the international NGO community. When creating the art he so passionately shares, David strives to capture the beauty of the natural world.

David’s travel has taken him through winters in Russia and Mongolia, a summer on the Amazon, spending time among nomads in the Indian Himalayan and remote Northern Kenya. He’s done assignment work in Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethiopia, Malawi, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh, among others, and pursued personal work in places like Iceland, Antarctica, Tunisia, Cuba, Vietnam, Kenya, and Italy.

Drawing on a previous career in comedy, David is a dynamic and engaging itinerant presenter and educator. A driven artist, creative professional, entrepreneur and life-long adventurer, David educates and inspires through stunning visuals and hilarious travel stories, and insights, from a life spent outside and abroad.



Angela Fama is a multidisciplinary artist, practising as a contemporary photographer, both artistically and commercially for over 20 years.

Born in Tennessee, raised in Ottawa and Zimbabwe, Angelea currently places the Vancouver BC community as her home. Often through collaborative interaction with subjects, Angela’s work investigates themes of meaning, self, connection, emotion and change. She is often found burrowing through the endless excess, interested in the serenity that can be found in the acceptance of transient stability always present in life. 



Christine Germano is photojournalist who, since 2000, has been collaborating with Indigenous communities as a photographer, educator and curator with a focus on UN Climate change.

Since 2000, Christine Germano has been collaborating with Indigenous communities as a photographer, educator and curator. The international photojournalism project titled Portraits of Resilience has allowed her to work with indigenous youth to illustrate the personal and ethical effects of climate change on their communities. Since its creation in 2008, the project has occurred in 12 countries and has been exhibited internationally, including the launch at the National Museum of Denmark. With a range of education, awards, and project coordination experience within art and design under her belt, Christine’s exceptional work has provided youth with a medium to share their voice during a crucial period of time.



Alex Waterhouse-Hayward is a commercial and fine art photographer, who is nationally recognized for his magazine and portrait photography.

One of Canada’s most experienced magazine and portrait photographers, Alex has photographed celebrities (Bob Hope, Candice Bergen, Dennis Hopper), politicians (Larry Campbell, Carole James, Jack Layton) actors (Molly Parker, Nicholas Campbell) writers (William Gibson, Nick Bantock, Douglas Coupland, Mario Vargas Llosa) and enough CEOs and business leaders to start his own capitalist army. His favourite photographic subjects are his granddaughter and the roses and hostas that populate his garden. 

Alex’s pictures have appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Stern to Readers’ Digest, the Globe and Mail and the Georgia Straight. His commercial work has adorned everything from annual reports to postage stamps.



Vince Hemingson is a fine-art nude and portrait photographer, writer/adventurer, world traveler, best-selling author and filmmaker

Vince has been a passionate photography for more than thirty years.

His long form photography series, The Nude in the Landscape, seeks to create a body of work that frames the human body in the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest; juxtaposing the frailness and inherent fragility of the human form against the scale and grandeur of the landscape, contrasting the textures and tones between these two elements, and examining the relationship between the viewer and the subject. It is slated for publication in 2015.

Vince has been fortunate enough to have won several awards, and his work has been published in VOLO and Blur Magazines, as well as other publications.



As a commercial photographer, artist and educator, Katie Huisman has been analyzing her relationship to photography over it’s span of 18 years as well as society’s relationship to it for the past century and a half.

Katie has been analyzing her relationship to photography over it’s span of 18 years as well as society’s relationship to it for the past century and a half.  Life becomes more interesting through the lens of a camera. Katie also realized this incessant need to photograph everything, is not just her obsession, it is a global obsession.

Photography is a universal language. It’s accessibility allows us to shoot and consume images at a rapid pace.  The camera has given us the ability to publicly explore our own voyeurism and narcissism.   The constant evolution of the medium is exciting; yet image consumption is changing how we experience physical reality.



Born in Iran and raised in Canada, Pooya Nabei is a fashion and portrait photographer, who is dedicated to the art of masterful studio and location lighting.

Pooya Nabei was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada when he was 17. He learned photography in High School in grade 12 and went on to study Engineering at University. However, Pooya found his career calling when he took a Media Arts program studying photography. Once Pooya’s passion for photography was born, he actually spent so much time shooting late in the campus studio, that he kept a sleeping bag there and used a sandbag as a pillow.

His professional career launched in 2005 when he started photographing nightlife. He went on to shoot the Winter Music Conferences in Miami for 3 years, regularly photographing the top 50 DJs in the world. He has also lent his large-concept style of shooting to clients like ROSE ESTATE WINE’s billboard shoot for Asia, NECKED JEANS and BLACK ORCHID DENIM American fashion campaigns, the billboard ads for the iconic luxury fashion company LEONE, and  the large-scale campaign launch for TRUMP TOWERS VANCOUVER.

Pooya has won photography awards locally as well as nationally – several being for the Applied Arts Awards for Fashion in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in both photography and retouching. Pooya enjoys the full spectrum of photography – from planning large concepts, shooting them and then completing the delivered look with full compositing and retouching.



Ross den Otter is a mixed media artist blending photography, paint and printing, often using unorthodox tools.

Ross den Otter was born in Port Alberni BC in 1969, he was raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and lives and works in Vancouver. His career began as a newspaper photographer while a teenager in the 1980‘s. He moved to Vancouver later that decade to study photography at Langara College. His artwork blends his interests in photography, metal smithing, painting and printmaking. For over two decades, his photographic work has appeared in publications across North America. Proudly supporting the idea of a strong community his artwork has sold to benefit charity and arts organizations locally and globally. In addition to private collections in North America and Europe, his work was recently added to The UBC and VGH Hospital Foundation’s art collection. He instructs in the faculty of the digital photography program at The Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts).



Richard Lam is a freelance photographer for The Canadian Press and several other publications– specializing in editorial, sports and commercial photography

Richard Lam is a freelance photographer specializing in editorial, sports and commercial photography.

Freelancing for The Canadian Press and several other publications, Richard’s work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world.

He is the photographer responsible for capturing the iconic “kiss” during the Vancouver riots. The shot had become a worldwide viral sensation.




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