Road Work: Street Photography from the 70s & 80s

Sunday, May 29, 2022 | 2:00 PM (Doors 1:30)

The Cinematheque | 1131 Howe St., Vancouver, BC
Tickets $10-25 (Sliding scale), reduced capacity. Purchase below
ASL Interpretation available

Based on the self-published photography book of the same name, Soone takes us through New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, and Paris in the 1970s and 1980s, with particular emphasis on the Chinese immigrant community and African Americans to reveal alternate interpretations of seemingly innocuous symbols. At their core, these pictures reflect the compassion and social consciousness of an artist transformed by the tumult of the 1970s.

Greg Soone is a Chinese American photographer resident in Vancouver, whose powerful images can be seen through the lens of race, class, and culture. Introduced to photography by the Third World movement of ethnic identity as a student in the late sixties, Soone traces his influences from civil rights photographer Bruce Davidson to the grainy street photography of Robert Frank. Finding his artistic footing in New York City in 1974, Soone captures themes of race, politics, and class on his 35mm Leica Rangefinder camera, joining a movement of artists and photographers committed to making a difference in their communities.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these poignant photos on the big screen, with context and reflections from the photographer.

This event is presented by Powell Street Festival Society in association with DKAM and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia. With support from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $10-25. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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Tickets are being sold on a sliding-scale for this general admission event, please pay what you would like in the given range.
Venue capacity is limited for COVID safety.

Purchase through Eventbrite here

About the Book

ROAD WORK by Greg Soone (ISBN 978-1-7776099-0-0) is a book of street photography from the 1970s and 1980s with 103 black and white photos and 20 color photos. New York City, the Bay Area, and Chinatown are featured prominently but other locales appear as well. As a Chinese American/Canadian photographer, much of Soone’s work can be seen through the lens of race and culture, including arresting images of African Americans and the Chinese immigrant community, among others. 

Read more or purchase a copy here