"without a word" presents a selection of portrait photographs from the private collection of Bill Wu, the first display of this remarkable, yet unknown, Vancouver collection of photography. Representing an international cross-section of acclaimed twentieth-century artists including Berenice Abbott, Robert Doisneau, Walker Evans, Graciela Iturbide, and Mary Ellen Mark, the exhibition includes some of modern photography's most iconic and memorable portraits, with a specific focus on people caught in unguarded moments of contemplation and preoccupation. In many images, the camera seems to be unnoticed altogether, their subjects unstaged or taken in passing, highlighted by an ambiguous, perhaps unfamiliar relationship between figure and photographer. "without a word" speaks to a widely shared experience of having one's picture taken without formal permission, and to the evocative power of stolen encounters that might reveal more about identity than might ever be found in a formally posed portrait.
Open daily 10am - 5pm (closed Mondays).
Admission is always by donation, courtesy of BMO Financial Group.
Venue Details: The Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 3J4, Canada.
Category: Arts | Visual Arts.
Artists / Speakers: Shelby Lee Adams, Berenice Abbott, Micha Bar-Am, Édouard Boubat, Pierre Boucher, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, William Claxton, Mike Disfarmer, Robert Doisneau, Bill Emrich, Morris Engel, Walker Evans, Phillip Jones Griffiths, Fred Herzog, Fan Ho, Miroslav Hucek, Graciela Iturbide, Johan van der Keuken, Jerome Leibling, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, Tom Millea, Inge Morath, Dirk Reinartz, Marc Riboud, Willie Ronis, Laurence Salzmann, Roy Schatt, David Seymour, W. Eugene Smith, J. Humphrey Spender, Jacko Vassilev, Mariana Yampolsky.