Exposure at PhotoHaus Gallery

Posted by on August 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm.

If you attended Raw Talent: The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit, you know that the awesome folks at the Vancouver Photo Workshops sponsored us with their amazing space to showcase all of the photographs taken during the inaugural 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon. You may have met Marc Koegel as you were wandering through the grand halls of the VPW but in case you didn’t, here he is. We are so very proud to introduce you all to the director of the Vancouver Photo Workshops, who has been inspired to create a program that all of you will want to read about after you watch the video!

You know the Not-Enough-Experience Conundrum? When you apply for a job you know you can do better than anyone else but don’t have a chance of getting because you don’t have years of experience under your belt? It is such a universal stumbling block that it affects pretty much any career field you can think of, including that of photography. Everyone needs a start somewhere and Marc Koegel has come up with a program that offers up-and-coming photographers an invaluable stepping stone into their careers.

As the director of and an instructor at the Vancouver Photo Workshops, Marc is surrounded by amazing talent every day and it often reminds him of his own start in the business. His first works were displayed on the walls of Exposure Gallery and he had such great success that its curator Ian McGuffie went on to showcase his photography in more than 20 other shows in the years to follow. A great friendship was made and a career jump started.

With Exposure Gallery’s doors now closed, the cogs in Marc’s artistic brain began to turn. Since moving the Vancouver Photo Workshops to its West 7th location, he’s enjoyed putting together several impromptu shows, including the largest one the venue has ever hosted, Raw Talent on January 16th, 2010. With nearly 700 photographs dotting the over 7,000 sq ft of space that is the VPW and over 300 art lovers visiting on opening night alone, the venue’s true potential became abundantly clear and PhotoHaus Gallery was born.

The only Vancouver gallery that will now exclusively showcase the medium of photography, PhotoHaus Gallery will not only exhibit single professional photographers but will also begin holding regular group shows for new artists beginning in September. So if you are ready for your first exhibit, you can pay a nominal fee to submit your photo(s) for consideration. That’s all that needs to be done. There is no membership fee, no prior experience is required, nor a CV. Your work will speak for you and if selected by the panel of judges, will hang proudly amongst the artwork of your peers to be exposed to the general public. And you will indeed be proud, with guest judges such as Texas’ Arthur Meyerson and New York’s Joe McNally in the mix!

Each exhibit will encompass a different idea so photographers from all walks of life will be challenged with such themes as the Holga Show, the Cheap Camera Show, the Digital Artistry Show, and of course, our favourite: Film.

PhotoHaus Gallery will also offer printing and frame rental services, which gives new artists a more affordable alternative when preparing for their exhibit. This, in addition to the premium custom lighting setup will ensure that your first showcase is as professional as any art gallery out there.

Want to know what lies in store for you? Come check out the 2nd annual 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon photo exhibit on Saturday October 16th, 2010. It’s free and will be held at PhotoHaus Gallery, which also serves as the Vancouver Photo Workshops at 14 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver. Whether you are a true beginner, aspiring amateur or seasoned professional, the VPW’s intimate and focused seminars, workshops, and courses will help you achieve your vision. For details and start dates, click here.

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