Photo above taken by singer Win Butler after he stole Rebecca Blissett’s camera from the photo pit at an Arcade Fire concert; she’s the photographer without a camera.
In the publishing industry, change is constant and rapid.
Newspapers that once produced a hard-copy paper every 18 to 24 hours, now publish online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The photographers who once filed four photos in a workday, may now file 40.
Photojournalist Gerry Kahrmann began his career nearly 40 years ago, shooting for community papers when Tri-X and Kodachrome were the basis of print photojournalism and newspapers ran in-house labs to develop their film.
After a short stint at the Calgary Sun, Kahrmann returned to Vancouver and in 1983 became a staff photographer at Pacific Newspaper Group (PNG), publisher of the Province and Vancouver Sun.
He tested his first digital camera during the Queen’s royal tour and the opening of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, heralding what he did not know at the time would be a new era in photojournalism.
Three months later, PNG transitioned both of its papers away from film, under the lead of photographer Nick Didlick, and by July 1, 1995, PNG’s newspapers were among the first in North America to transition to exclusively digital images.
At the forefront of that digital revolution, Gerry Kahrmann and his colleagues have evolved and changed the way they do their work, seldom coming into the office and filing remotely from all over Metro Vancouver, multiple times per day. Along with still photos, which are sometimes posted online within minutes of a shoot, photographers also produce videos clips that accompany online stories, and reporters are posting images in real time to social media feeds, blogs, and websites.
‘Technology’ is can be defined as ‘something that speeds up communication.’ Over the past 40 years, media and its consumption have changed a lot. Now, more than ever, there is an increased demand for quick (or instantaneous) information delivery.
The Museum of Vancouver and moderator Jennifer Moreau of the Burnaby Now, have assembled a group of highly accomplished photojournalists (Rebecca Blissett, Richard Lam, John Lehmann, and Kahrmann) to consider the historical significance of the shift from film to digital photography and the role it has played in altering the media’s approach to documenting news. On the evening of Thursday, February 9, the panel will talk about 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 ‘Happy Hour’ event kicks off at 6pm, and the discussion begins at 7pm. For more information and tickets, visit this page.
Check out what the media has to say about our new exhibition:
Vancouver Magazine: Vancouver’s most unconventional collections - a "must-see exhibition."
CBC Our Vancouver: Collector spotlights 40 years of bus tickets, memorabilia in new MOV exhibit
Shaw TV “Around Town”
Vancouver is Awesome: Check out these 20 bizarre collections
Vancouver Magazine: Vancouver’s most unconventional collections - a "must-see exhibition."
Vancouver Courier: http://www.vancourier.com/entertainment/picks-of-the-week
Sing Tao Vancouver: http://vancouver.singtao.ca/
Vancouver Observer: The history of Vancouver's Chinatown, documented in menus
Surrey Leader: A ticket to B.C. transit history
BC Local News: http://www.bclocalnews.com/entertainment/384332941.html
Jewish Independent: http://www.jewishindependent.ca/share-in-collectors-passions/
Eve Lazarus - Blog: http://evelazarus.com/the-collectors/
North by Northwest on CBC Radio: Marie Allen talks to Sheryl McKay at 01:16:30 http://ow.ly/Hxd1302mtgV\
All Points West on CBC Radio: History of famous Vancouver Chinatown restaurant WK Gardens revealed through collected menus
Vitamin Daily: All Together Now at the Museum of Vancouver
Andy Yan discusses the City's future and the Your Future Home exhibition on CBC's Our Vancouver with Gloria Macarenko.
Gregory Dreicer and Richard Henriquez discuss Your Future Home on Global News.
Cover story from The WestEnder: The Museum of Vancouver’s newest exhibition looks to empower residents to shape their city’s future.
Museum of Vancouver exhibit looks to the future, via Vancouver Courier
"Your Future Home lets you visualize how this city’s future might look, instead of just reading about it. In fact, the exhibit looks like it might be so aesthetically pleasing, interactive, and entertaining that you might stop worrying—for an hour or two, anyway—about how you’re ever going to afford a home in this town." - via Georgia Straight exhibition review and photo gallery.
Your Future Home statistics curator Andy Yan declares 91% of Vancouver homes valued at more than 1 million dollars, via Global News.
Maike Evers from City Lights on Novus TV explores the Your Future Home exhibiiton.
Gregory Dreicer previews Your Future Home on Shaw Around Town.
"An ambitious new exhibition, currently on display at the Museum of Vancouver, is turning heads and spurring heated discussions about pressing topics." Your Future Home in Your Future City by Canadian Architect.
Podcast with Scalena Real Estate's Adam and Matt. Listen here.
The Museum of Vancouver has received an abundance of media coverage of the newest exhibition, Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show. Take a look at the previews and reviews below:
CBC's Andrew Chang takes a walk through the exhibition just before the Opening Reception.
"The Happy Show at the Museum of Vancouver will leave you smiling." The Georgia Straight's Amanda Siebert explores The Happy Show and upcoming events. Full story here.
Stefan Sagmeister tours Shaw Go! Westcoast through The Happy Show exhibition.
Dawn Chubai from Breakfast Television visited the Museum to chat with Aaron Weidman from UBC's Happy Lab about the Psychology of Happiness, and MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement Gregory Dreicer; she even rode the stationary bike to power the wall of neon! Weidman will be leading a Talk & Tour of the exhibition, June 4, Drecier will lead a Talk & Tour, August 6.
Stefan Sagmeister visited Breakfast Television studio to chat with Riaz Meghji about happiness and the exhibition.
Gregory Dreicer speaks about The Happy Show on CKNW's 'Drex Live'
Margaret Gallagher from CBC's The Early Edition (April 22) interviewed Stefan Sagmeister about The Happy Show. Listen here.
Kevin Griffin from The Vancouver Sun (April 22) interviewed Stefan Sagmeisiter about The Happy Show. Stefan discribes the design and function of what to expect as you walk through the show in corralation to happiness, “It’s a subject that clearly many people are interested in,” he said. “We’ve designed the show so that you can walk through it and pick and choose and see something in 15 minutes. If those 15 minutes seem interesting, you can easily stay three hours.” Read more here.
The Province interview betweeen reporter Stuart Derdeyn and The Happy Show designer Stefan Sagmeister (April 22)
"At at time when polls suggest Vancouver is one of the least happy places in Canada, The Happy Show should be somewhere to have a much-needed laugh. Well, there or reading real estate listings and then playing with a mortgage calculator to see how many generations it will take to pay off that single family home." Full Article here.
Ecert from Monecristo Magazine's Whitney Millar article The Happy Show: Stefan Sagmiester's lessons in joy. (April 23)
"A glance at the gumball levels helps each of us find our place in a collective level. And suddenly, we’re not so alone." she says. Read more here.
John Burns from Vancouver Magazine talks with curator Gregory Driecer about The Happy Show and The Museum of Vancouver. (April 24)
"The show ties into larger themes for the museum, and for Dreicer personally, who arrived last summer to discover the dispiriting “Connections and Engagement” survey results from the Vancouver Foundation. His responses: this show, and a second, planned for 2016, that will “enable and help people to connect. But also get people to understand why connection is important: if an earthquake happens, are you expecting an ambulance just to drive up? If people can come away from interacting with the museum knowing why to connect and how, and having the opportunity to do so, then I really will be happy." Full article here.
Exert from Brian Patterson from 24 Hours talk with Gregory Driecer about The Happy Show and Vancouverites happiness (April 23)
"If there is one takeaway Dreicer hopes to impart to visitors, it’s that, “if we want to, we can take control of our own happiness. We can make a difference for ourselves and for other people at the same time.” Read more here.
Metro News Vancouver Thandi Fletcher's excert from Tuesday April 21st article talking to Stefan Sagmesiter about The Happy Show.
At the time, Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain and depression, said he was at an emotional low point in his life dealing with the death of his mom and the end of an 11-year relationship.“It was sort of ironic that just as I started to work on this happiness subject, my own life was actually going down,” he said. Read more here.
Westender's Sabrina Furminger discusses happiness with designer of The Happy Show Stefan Sagmeister (April 21)
“You have things that are very short in length of time, that last maybe a few seconds, that would be more in the way of joy or bliss or possibly an orgasm, and then there are medium lengths of experience, like when you spend a Sunday afternoon with a paper at the park. And you have very long experiences, possibly lifelong, like finding the thing that you’re good for in life, fulfilling your potential,” says Sagmeister.
“These three things all fall under the giant terminology of happiness, but really have little to do with each other. If you think of an orgasm, it really has nothing to do with finding what you’re good for in life.” Read more here.
Cheryl Rossi of The Vancouver Courier walks through The Happy Show April 21
"A companion exhibit called #makesmehappy saw 10 Vancouverites, including writer Amber Dawn, singer-songwriter Veda Hille and hip-hop artist Prevail select an object from the museum’s vaults that sparked happy memories, write a blurb about it and issue an immediate call to action, such as call your mother." Read more here.
"If you’re in the Vancouver area pick a date between now and September 7th and make a trip to the Museum of Vancouver. It’s the perfect day out, and guaranteed to make you happy enough to dance! It worked on us!!" - SpandyAndy
"The Happy Show is definitely one of my favourite exhibits. I absolutely recommend you check it out for yourself." -Ruuella
"I may not have exited the museum that evening with a prescription for happiness, but I did have many new ideas to consider. My friend and I stood in a surprising summer rain shower and contemplated what bus route to take back to our rented apartments. A yellow taxi approached and without much deliberation, we hailed it. For a few dollars each we got to forgo a long damp ride on transit. As I watched our wet, boring city glide past from the back seat, I was happy. For a while, anyway." - Eleanor Radford / SadMag
"interactive, informative and fun... With Gum-ball machines which you get a free gum by displaying how happy you are. A bicycle in the middle of a great big room on a platform, which you can ride and a huge display runs slogans of inspiration in front of you. Seek discomfort to achieve your goals. You only grow when your uncomfortable! In a word Brilliant! We haven't had this kind of mind jogging exhibit ever." - Ron P. via Yelp