May 27th, 2015 — These two are setting up small video cameras to create a 360 degree virtual movie of Granville Street at Robson. They told me it would be online at their website www.phasedrift.io soon but it’s yet to show up. However, there is a video of Brockton Point which is kind of neat to look at.
February 22nd, 2015 — Vancouver’s Chinese New Year parade is usually a great event to photograph but this year there were so many people with cameras along the route my commitment to add another gigabite of images to the world’s collection of dragon pictures faded. So I photographed the photographers. Above they’re checking and comparing shots while waiting for the parade to restart. Below it’s the usual Hail Mary’s with iPhones, or watching the parade on an iPod which is, of course, so much better than the real thing; all combined with the usual climbing of poles or standing on posts.
September 10th, 2014 — The Vancouver male choir, Chor Leoni, dressed in tuxedos being photographed on Jericho Beach at sunset by photographer David Blue. It was a pretty good shot but if the photographer’s assistant had lost his grip on the ladder which was slowly leaning to the left as the waves softened the sand beneath it, it would have been a great shot. For me.
Circa 1976 — Left, smoking a cigarette, filling in as head photographer, is ex Vancouver Province photographer Ross Kenward who died yesterday in New Zealand. Ross left the newspaper during the long strike of 1978 to shoot film for CBC and eventually ended up back in his native New Zealand to work for TVNZ where he won a number of awards. I first met him at the dress rehearsal for a play while shooting freelance for the Vancouver Sun. It was a easy assignment for me but not for Ross as his Province supplied cameras fell apart before our eyes including the barrel of one lens completely unscrewing itself, almost falling on the floor as he focused. Ross was constantly late for work and the two way radio message from his car, “I’m on the bridge”, which we would hear about 15 minutes after his scheduled start, became a running joke as for a long time the boss, Don Mcleod, assumed this meant the Granville Bridge about two minutes from the office but we, the photogs, knew it could have been any bridge, say the Second Narrows, the Lions Gate, or even the Pattullo Bridge, all of them a half hour to an hour away depending on traffic. I missed him when he left to shoot film. The Province newspaper missed him.
The photographer in the background is Dave Patterson. The picture was taken in the Province photo department office at 2250 Granville.
Circa 1968 — Edmonton Journal photographer Dave Reidie setting up a photograph for a Christmas feature involving one of the local hockey teams, probably the Edmonton Oil Kings. Newspapers did a lot of corny stuff for Christmas and other special days. I had just started at the Journal in the photo department as an overnight klischograph operator and Dave invited the green rookie, me, along on this assignment to show how it was done just in case the paper was so desperate one day they had to send me out to take pictures. Eventually that day came.
Feb 14th, 2013 — Satellite Gallery at 560 Seymour Street in Vancouver has a show of news photographs from the archives of the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers. The opening last night was attended by many people including current and past staff photographers from both papers. They were lined up against a wall and shot by the official photographer and other guests with their cel phones. The show runs from Feb 15th to March 30th and is open Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 – 6:00 PM. Kate Bird and John Mackie of the Vancouver Sun helped curater Helga Pakasaar of Presentation Gallery select pictures for the show.
Below: Jason Payne of the Vancouver Province and Steve Bosch of the Vancouver Sun at the opening.
Below: Ward Perrin of the Vancouver Sun asks for just one more.
Below: Ric Ernst of the Vancouver Province successfully blocks the photographer from photographing Steve Bosch while at the same time stealing the frame and focus from Mark van Manen.
Circa 1971 — An undated photograph of the Edmonton Journal photo department. Left to right: Steve Makris eventually became photo editor of the Journal and ended his time there writing about computers. Jeen Pool went on to make millions in the trucking business. Mike Vann, the head photographer, who was somewhat typical of the real genius’s that often turned up in newsrooms back then, now lives on Gabriola Island and make bows for violins. Mike Dean, son of a former Journal publisher and an insane practical joker, left newspaper photography to run a hobby store. John Denniston ended up as the photo editor at the Vancouver Province. Judging by the shoes poking up at the bottom of the frame the picture was probably taken by Dave (Ace) Forsythe. You can tell from the picture we were very proud of our cameras.
September 1969 — Team McLaren rented the Edmonton race track the week before the Edmonton CanAm race to do some testing. Arthur Rickerby was there from Life magazine to take pictures for a feature on driver and team owner Bruce McLaren. Rickerby wanted pictures from inside the car while Bruce was driving. Being from Life he got them, although his girth made it a tight fit. Rickerby took about a thousand pictures that day. None of them appeared with the story. An interesting aside is that Rickerby arrived in Edmonton without a wide angle lens and had to borrow one from Edmonton Journal photographer, Mike Vann.
August 1st, 1977 — Possibly the reason the spectators at the Gastown Grand Prix are now held behind high fences is to prevent accidents like this when a rider lost control and ran into the crowd leveling a photographer. That’s the photographer on the ground being administered to by his wife. In one of those strange coincidences the photographer’s name turned out to be John Dennison. He was a freelancer who specialized in fashion photography.
September 3rd, 1994 — One the great pluses of being a newspaper photographer is that you get to be very close to the action. When the indy cars came to race in Vancouver, photographers were able to stand behind concrete barriers in the slower corners and use wide angle lenses as the cars went by at 100kph only a few feet away.