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January Program Night

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Presentation by Claudia Cornwall on her book:

At the World’s Edge: Curt Lang’s Vancouver, 1937-1998.

The life of Vancouver photographer Curt Lang,  with images from his historic  Vancouver Street Photography.

Also presenting information will be:
Kim McCarthy  from Special Collections at the Vancouver Library,  and
Gordon Cornwall  who will show images from the same present day scenes.

Wednesday, January 25th,  7:30 – 10:00 pm
Hollyburn Sailing Club
1326 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver  (some stairs to the second floor)

Map: click here

Space is Limited for this exceptional presentation, so there will be a sign-up sheet at the Monday meetings in January.  If on Monday, January 23rd we have any space available, you will be able to sign up family or friends.

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Claudia Cornwall, a freelance writer for over 20 years, has written four books.  The most recent is At the World’s Edge: Curt Lang’s Vancouver, 1937-1998.  The second one, Letter from Vienna: A Daughter Uncovers her Family’s Jewish Past, won the BC Book Prize for best non-fiction in 1996.  She has been published in many Canadian magazines and newspapers including The Globe & Mail, Reader’s Digest, (the Canadian, the international and the Mainland China editions), BC Business, as well as the on-line magazine, Tyee.   She teaches courses about ethical and legal issues for writers as well as courses in memoir writing at SFU and Douglas College. Claudia Cornwall lives in North Vancouver, is married to Gordon Cornwall and has a son and daughter.

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Curt Lang was a Vancouver Renaissance man whose life gives us a window into many aspects of Vancouver’s history—from beat days to high tech.  Among other things, he was a photographer who took part in a large photo documentation project in the early seventies.  About 12,000 images are in the Vancouver Library’s Special Collections.  The library has made a few of these available on line, the vast majority have not been published.
Claudia will give the audience an idea of his multi-faceted life and read from her chapter Dreaming in Black and White.  Claudia will be presenting a selection of his work, for the most part, street photography. She will also  discuss some of the research involved in documenting these photos.

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Kim McCarthy of the Special Collections at the Vancouver Library will give a talk on the place that Curt’s photos have in the collection as a whole. She will bring some illustrations, and also talk about the work the library does in “accessioning” historical photographs.  What is involved in turning a photo into a usable historical record?

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Gordon Cornwall is going to show some photographs he has taken of the same scenes that Curt observed.  This will be an interesting tour of Vancouver now and then.  What has changed and what hasn’t?

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Sheila Dallimore  NSPS Programs

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