Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents this evening presentation with internationally renowned photographer Chris Buck.

This rare opportunity is part of Mr. Buck's stay in Vancouver, and in addition to his weekend Workshop "UNCOMMON" to be held February 23rd + 24th, 2013

Use this opportunity to meet and hear one of the great masters in contemporary photography.

Mr. Buck will be presenting a large slideshow of his famous imagery, along with a lecture centering around his unique inspiration, point of departure and career in photography. Following his lecture, Mr. Buck will open the floor to any questions you might have.

Following the presentation, Mr. Buck will host an exclusive book signing of his book 'Presence'.

'Presence' brings a counterintuitive and conceptual take on the desire to behold fame. Chris Buck ingeniously set up these shots so that, even without digital manipulation, no human figure can be seen. From the super-famous (Robert De Niro, Jay Leno, Snoop Dogg) to the legendary (Günter Grass, Chuck Close, Archbishop Desmond Tutu) to the notorious (Nick Cave, David Lynch, Sarah Silverman), the range of subjects and collaborators blurs the line between the indulgence of pop culture and the obliqueness of art photography.

For more on Presence: The Invisible Portrait, see:

· Cool Hunting
· Huffington Post
· GQ

If you missed Chris Buck's weekend workshop, then don't delay to take advantage of this exclusive Event!

Tickets are only $39 each. Special discount pricing available with the purchase of 2 tickets. For volume purchase of 10 or more tickets, please contact VPW for details. Our office can be reached @ 778.898.5256 or via email.

This event will be held at the VPW Studios.

The exact address is:

VPW Studios
14 West 7th Avenue (@Ontario Street)
Vancouver, BC

Doors open: 6:30pm
Event starts: 7pm

Tickets cost:

$39 if purchased online (guaranteed seat)

$65 for 2 tickets purchased together online ($13 total discount)

$50 cash payment at the door (based on availability)

Chris Buck likes taking pictures, he has been doing so professionally for 24 years. He hails from Toronto and is now based in New York.

His clients include Diesel, Xerox, Microsoft, GQ, Esquire, ESPN and The Guardian Weekend Magazine. In 2007 he was the first recipient of the Arnold Newman Portrait Prize, and he was recently included in the Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers book (2012/ 2013). Over the past seventeen years his work has appeared in North America’s most prestigious photo annuals: American Photography 35 times, Photo District News Photo Annual 22 times, and the Communication Arts Photography Annual 11 times.

His first monograph, PRESENCE: The Invisible Portrait was published by Kehrer Verlag in the fall of 2012. The book features 50 portraits of celebrities in which they are present, but not visible.

Chris's other interests include making cocktails, drinking same cocktails, street hockey, and admiring his cats. But his favorite activity is traveling to Portuguese speaking countries with his wife, Michelle Golden. They have a three year old daughter.

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Student Testimonials:

When I returned from attending the workshop with Chris Buck I felt like I had gone into solitary confinement with my camera and been ass-whipped on the right side of the brain. Chris challenged my ideas of my own limitations, and gave support where needed. We worked from sun-up to sun-down and I didn’t feel like a moment was wasted. It was a great experience that has certainly helped my career, and lifted confidence as a shooter.
Lisa Kannakko

The greatest benefit from Chris’s workshop was seeing how a top-notch photographer approaches the craft of portraiture. The workshop was hands-on and any question was fair game. But I was affected most by seeing the amount of preparation and the level of professionalism that go into making great portraits. Almost every time I shoot I remember one of his emphatic phrases (“A professional never does just one setup!” “Be particular about what you want in a picture because it’s not going to just happen!” You’re not there to make the subject like you, you’re there to make a great picture!”). It was a stretching experience. I was uncomfortable at times (like when Chris dropped me off with a subject I wanted to photograph and said, “I’ll be back in a couple of hours, make a great picture!”). And it made me a better photographer.
Rob Culpepper

I attended Chris Buck’s Surprising portrait class in Santa Fe a few years ago and it completely changed the way I prepare for and execute photo shoots. Chris has a knack for constructive criticism that is honest while still being supportive and encouraging. I left this workshop feeling extremely inspired and much more confident directing and communicating with my subjects.
Heather McLaughlin

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While it's nice to be showered with compliments, hearing how great I did won't ever make me better. So, dear Chris Buck, thank you for your honesty. It means a lot to know that you believe I can do better. Now I just need to do it! As long as I have the courage and temerity to heed the lessons that you've taught me, I will be a much better photographer because of it.
Michelle Yee

The workshop entailed several shooting assignments with critiques including an ol' slam down if we didn't meet our expectations and goals. He kicked our asses all weekend both physically and mentally. I really appreciate and respect Chris' philosophy on his approach to dealing with subjects and the industry as a whole. I can't divulge too much info due to a pact that I made with Chris that I wouldn't share the "secrets of the workshop". So if you want to find out more, you'll have to attend one of his workshops yourself, I highly recommend it. Especially if you're having a creative block, trying to create impact or struggling with your own style but a warning this is not for the faint of heart….he doesn't hold back the punches!
Denine Wrixon

I arrived at the workshop lacking a clear vision of where I wanted to go as a photographer. Chris pushed me hard to define that vision and come up with goals. He also challenged me to pursue deeper personal work beyond the images that I was making in a casual way day to day – I thought that I was creating a visual notebook with Instagram, he convinced me that I was just procrastinating. The workshop was one of the most intensely creative and psychologically demanding experiences that I’ve ever had in my life as a photographer.
Matthew Lester

It felt as much a personal growth workshop as much as it did a photography workshop. I had gone through a period of self reflection during the week before, so I guess in a sense I was ready for anything he asked us to do; because I needed the intensity, I needed the critique, and most of all I craved the tough assignments without knowing I did. This was my opportunity to prove to myself how much I am capable of, and I am happy to say that I succeeded. Thank you to Chris for kicking my ass and helping me to become a better person, a better leader, and a better photographer.
Flor Blake

I attended Chris Buck’s Surprising portrait class in Santa Fe a few years ago and it completely changed the way I prepare for and execute photo shoots. Chris has a knack for constructive criticism that is honest while still being supportive and encouraging. I left this workshop feeling extremely inspired and much more confident directing and communicating with my subjects.
Heather McLaughlin

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Class Start Date Time Ticket Discount: Location Instructor Registration
Friday Evening February 22nd 2013

Doors open 6:30pm
Event begins: 7pm

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