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Bystanders

Bystanders interior image

Interior Image: George Webber, Gerry, Calgary, 2002, 2002. Colour photograph on paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

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August 28, 2019 – February 19, 2020

Chance is an enigmatic aspect of human experience. It determines who we meet and what we encounter. Chance can be fortuitous, or it can be a stroke of bad luck. Its impact can meaningfully alter our life’s course or become a bump in the road that we scarcely remember. For street photographers chance is monumental. It is something they seek, anticipate and, in a split second, capture. 

Armed with a camera and few preconceptions, street photographers enter public spaces as ‘bystanders’ to the scenes that unfold before them. They raise their cameras and hold a mirror to everyday life, hoping to capture a candidness that cannot escape the physiognomy and accuracy of the medium.

The images selected or this exhibition, from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, offer a diverse range of subjects captured throughout Alberta and abroad over the course of four decades. Each photograph contains a scene made significant by the photographer in its capture and nostalgic by time in its passing - decisive moments made memorable by chance.

Curated by Shannon Bingeman, Alberta Society of Artists, TREX Region 3

Cover Image: Ric Kokotovich, Mardi Gras, no date. Colour photograph, hand painted on paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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  • Alberta Society of Artists

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 11 am-5 pm
Wednesday: 11 am-5 pm
Thursday: 11 am-8 pm
Friday: 11 am-5 pm
Saturday: 11 am-5 pm
Sunday: 11 am-5 pm

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Every Thursday 5-8 pm - FREE

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$8.50
General admission
$12.50
Seniors 65+
$8.50

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2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

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