The Telephone Salesman - Capture Photo Fest

Monday, April 17, 2017

Capture Photography Festival is devoted to exhibiting challenging and thought-provoking photography from local and international artists.

Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Capture Photography Festival strives to nurture emerging talent, engage community, and spark public dialogue about photography as an art form and a vessel for communication.

The April 2017 edition presents photography at over 70 esteemed galleries and community spaces throughout Vancouver as part of the Festival’s Selected and Open Exhibition Programs, and further includes public installations, tours, films, artist talks, and the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair.

The installations are temporary and will be up for about one year.


The Telephone Salesman (2017) presents the viewer with a surreal yet mundane tableau seemingly set in a dated living room. Entirely constructed in the studio from 1960–1970s furniture and objects, the work interrogates the viewer’s sense of the real as they are presented with an ambiguous, disorderly domestic space. Set in the early 1970s, The Telephone Salesman presents a melancholic scene in which a salesman has amassed a mysterious accumulation of rotary phones in his home. Drawing upon a range of references from the histories of photography and film, the image seduces the viewer with a cinematic, psychological portrait of an absent subject. View this piece at 350 Columbia Street in Downtown New West.

Matthew Brooks is a Montreal-based artist originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He holds a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, Montreal, and is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Arts at Concordia University. He is the inaugural recipient of the Lande Award in Photography.

Aging architecture and material culture are frequent themes in his large-scale photographic work which explores ambiguous narratives and the veracity of the image. Within his hyperreal tableaux, the viewer’s sense of the real is destabilized, creating an uncanny sense of both reality and fiction.


Capture Photography Festival and the City of New Westminster Public Art Program invited photographers to submit proposals for a public artwork that considers the theme of “traffic” and its different interpretations, from the physical sense of moving goods, people, and vehicles to the virtual exchange of information through digital services. The installations are sited across two locations in New Westminster.

Uptown New West is hosting another piece as part of this fest, see the James Nizam installation at Telus Plaza, 611 Sixth Street. 

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Presented in partnership by Capture Photography Festival and the City of New Westminster Public Art Program


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