2012 Judges

Posted by on September 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

Virginie Lamarche +
Bastien Desfriches Doria

Judges Bastien Desfriches Doria & Virginie LamarcheOriginally from France, Virginie & Bastien have spent the past decade in the US first getting their MFA degrees in Photography, then teaching full-time respectively at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and at Governors State University in Chicago, Illinois. Working in Academia allowed them to develop successful artistic careers, having both received numerous photography awards and having exhibited their fine art work nationally and internationally.

Virginie & Bastien are the co-founders of Canada’s first and exclusive film photography workshops, specializing in the teaching, promoting and publishing of contemporary film photography. VNB Fine Art Photo Workshops is all about reigniting passion for all things film and analog, and their workshops highlight the unique quality, aesthetics and artistic benefits of the film medium. VNB’s latest project is BC’s first ecologically sensitive public darkroom in the heart of downtown to give our beautiful city’s talented film photography community an innovative working and networking place to use and abuse for the sake of art.

grEGORy simpson

Judge grEGORy simpson

Equal parts philosopher and photographer, grEGORy simpson’s subject of choice is whatever or whomever no one else is bothering to photograph. Any contestant wishing to get a leg up on this years’ competition needs only to read his Bartlett’s Rejects article for insight into egor’s photography views. Right this moment, he’s likely on the streets documenting humans simply being. He might even be documenting you! His most recent photos and writings can be seen on both his ULTRAsomething site and on the Leica Camera Blog, where he writes the f/Egor column.

Jonathan Canlas

Judge Jonathan CanlasJonathan is a world-travelling film photographer who was first introduced to photography in Japan when a friend let him borrow an old Canon AE1. When he returned to the US, he became enthralled with the photographic process and eventually graduated with a degree in photography from Brigham Young University. Since that time, photography has become both his passion and his job. He has shot hundreds of events and his work has been published in several magazines. He’s loud, he’s funny, he’s an open book in every sense of the word – even down to the fact that he’s now a published author of Film Is Not Dead: A Digital Photographer’s Guide to Shooting Film, which all of this year’s winners receive a copy of. He teaches Film Is Not Dead workshops to give him an excuse to get fired up about film on a regular basis.

Although he is a giant advocate of film photography, Jon’s true passion is his family. Jon, his beautiful and talented wife Callie, and their six kids live in Lehi, Utah. Jon’s home and family is the primary feature and expression of joy – and source of inspiration – in his personal work.

Michael Lawrence

Mystery Judge (revealed September 22 at Raw Talent 2012)

Judge Michael LawrenceMichael Lawrence is a Nova Scotia expat who moved to BC in pursuit of higher education. Currently residing in Port Moody, Michael is a keen, self-taught amateur who has photographed everything from cyclists to cyclotrons, from elevations of 10,000 feet to negative 50 feet. He has a bias towards cleanliness and simplicity and is not beholden to any particular piece of equipment. He has participated in the 2009 and 2011 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathons, and empathizes with this year’s marathoners after experiencing both the lows of improperly loaded film and the highs of winning a grand prize.

Click here to view Michael Lawrence’s 2009 photo set
Click here to view Michael Lawrence’s 2011 photo set

Awards:

2009 Winner for Best Theme Interpretation: High Hope by Michael Lawrence

2009 Winner for Best Theme Interpretation: High Hope by Michael Lawrence

2009 Winner for Theme 10: Flash by Michael Lawrence

2009 Winner for Theme 10: Flash by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 02: The Usual Suspects by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 02: The Usual Suspects by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 09: Take it to the Grave by Michael Lawrence

2011 Winner for Theme 09: Take it to the Grave by Michael Lawrence

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