By RACHAEL FREY
Exposure Photography Festival is opening February 1, and for the second year it will include a film series in addition to photography exhibits and other special events such as portfolio reviews and the launch of VAULT Photomag.
This year’s selection of films was chosen to inspire audiences with the medium of photography and the power of the individual photographer.
Finding Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier worked as a life-long nanny and care-giver, taking up the hobby of photography in her spare time. After her death in 2009 a cache of more than 100,000 negatives was uncovered, revealing Maier’s previously unsuspected talent as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers. This documentary film traces her life history, uncovering further questions about who she really was and whether she would have appreciated the effort to bring her work to the public eye.
Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film
When Polaroid announced that they would be ceasing the production of instant film in 2008, it caused a furor among photographers, both professional and amateur, who loved the medium. The film is divided into three parts: first, an examination of Polaroid “magic” through the eyes of artists and former Polaroid employees; second, the grass-roots movement that sprang up in an effort to keep instant film alive; and third, the founding of The Impossible Project and their against-the-odds campaign to reinvent the medium.
Photographs can stand as a powerful testament to the gravity and reality of a situation. This documentary is the story of a photographer’s mission to turn the tide of environmental decay by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, he creates videos that allow us to witness ancient fortresses of ice dwindling into puddles in only a few years time.
All three films are showing at the ConocoPhillips Theatre in the Glenbow Museum. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the screenings begin at 7 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Tickets to the films can also be purchased in advance by called the Glenbow Museum box office at 403-268-4110.