I Witness: The Shifting Focus of Photojournalism in the Digital Age - Happy Hour Event

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 18:00

George Diack / Vancouver Sun photo - January 9, 1972

A crowd of protesters confront Mayor Tom Campbell at the Georgia Viaduct opening. Photo by George Diack courtesy of the Vancouver Sun - sponsor of Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City.


Photojournalists Rebecca Blissett, Gerry Kahrmann, Richard Lam, and John Lehmann discuss digital photography in the current landscape of the print media industry. This panel discussion will be moderated by journalist Jennifer Moreau of the Burnaby Now.

Serving as an extension of the Vancouver in the Seventies photo exhibition which spotlights some of the best images from the Vancouver Sun’s collection, this panel discussion will consider the historical significance of journalism’s shift from film to digital photography and the role it has played in altering the media’s approach to documenting news.

The panel will consider whether digital photography compromises or enhances the work of photojournalists. Issues surrounding authenticity and the currency of photojournalism in a snap-happy social media landscape will be discussed, as well as what media industry practices might look like in the future.

This impressive panel of photojournalists is sure to provide thought provoking discussion about the above issues, and their experiences in various newsrooms and in the field.

This is our first Happy Hour event of 2017. The bar opens at 6:00pm and drinks will be available throughout the evening.

Date: Thursday, February 9

Time: Doors and Bar open at 6:00pm /  Discussion at 7:00pm

Tickets: Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $11. *Free for MOV Members.

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Rebecca Blissett is interested in the stories of all kinds of people - whether it is spending time with the wives of Elvis impersonators or documenting Neil Diamond as he prepares for a concert. Her award-winning photography includes her work in the music industry for various magazines and touring productions where she is known for her concert and creative portraiture. She has also covered a wide range of subjects for editorial, corporate and commercial projects for the past 20 years. Some of her portraiture can be seen in the Museum of Vancouver’s current exhibition, All Together Now.

Gerry Kahrmann has served since 1983 as a staff photographer at Pacific Newspaper Group, publisher of the Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers. In addition to winning multiple awards throughout his career, he won a Canadian Press National Award for photography in 1991 . Gerry was the point photographer at the Province during PNG’s transition to digital photography and archive. In addition to photography, Gerry produces short digital films for the PNG news service, blogs and website. 

Richard Lam is a Vancouver-based freelance photographer specializing in editorial, sports and commercial photography. He is currently freelancing for Postmedia and Getty Images, as well as being the official photographer for the Athletic Department of the University of British Columbia. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world. He also works as an educator and press event manager at major sporting events.

John Lehmann is a highly regarded photographer who was named photojournalist of the year in 2012 and 2013 by the News Photographers Association of Canada, and in 2014 and 2015 by the Canadian Association of Journalist. His images have won a variety of prizes, including a National Newspaper Award for news feature photography in 2007. In 1998, he was named photographer of the year by the Canadian Press. Prior to working at The Globe and Mail, Lehmann worked in Canada for Reuters, the National Post, and the Canadian Press.

Jennifer Moreau (moderator) is the pipeline and politics reporter for the Burnaby NOW. She’s also vice-president of Unifor Local 2000, the union chapter representing more than 800 British Columbians working mostly in the newspaper and printing industries.