Louise Francis-Smith: Window / Community October 18 - November 14, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 7-11 pm
For over thirty years Louise Francis-Smith has focused her lens on the architecture and people in the streets of Historic Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. The derelict and the patina, old and new, ruin and renovation, collide in images that belong to the decades-old genre of street photography, revealing the human condition below the surface of things. By including everything and pushing away nothing, what is often not seen or seen as ugly can be transformed into an arresting image. The photographs reflect and uncover layers of historical, economic and political undercurrents that exist in these Vancouver neighborhoods.
Vancouver photographer Fred Herzog has praised Francis-Smith's work as having "a total command of technique - not easy with colour film and therefore rare. Then she puts this to work to create a personal style, which is frequently an expression of how light augments content. She makes full use of a tonal range in a scene, which is often harshly lit. The end product is beautiful. I can think of very few photographers who show an equal ability to handle light with colour film" (January 2014).
Louise Francis-Smith was born and raised in New Zealand and works as a photographer in Vancouver, Canada.
In conjunction with The Heart of the City Festival, the artist will be in attendance at the gallery on Friday, October 31 from 1-3 pm for a meet and greet.