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Looking at City Streets through a Viewfinder: Photographers and the Human Spectacle

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 1:30 PM

A voyeur lurks in each of us, noticing, seeing, analysing and sometimes capturing the thousands of small dramas, both tragic and comic, that are played out every second on city streets across the globe. We will look with curiosity behind the lenses of street photographers to understand why—and how—they capture the minute dramas of daily existence.

Every photographer chooses (or not) to reveal himself or herself to a passerby and to interfere with the fluidity of a spontaneous moment. Each such decision entails legal, social and ethical questions. Who makes the rules? Where do you draw the line? Such questions always stir heated discussions not only among professionals, but also among the public who, after all, stand in front of the lenses.

Date(s): Sat, Nov 30, 2013, 1:30–3 p.m.

Location: Room 401, Surrey City Centre Library

Admission: Free and open to anyone of any age, but please register  Join waitlist

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Vendula Ralkova

    Vendula Ralkova is a fine art photographer. She completed her master's degree in Milan's New Fine Art Academy in photography and visual design. Her internship in a celebrated Magnum agency in Paris allowed her to work closely with  the renowned photographer Josef Koudelka.

    Vendula’s most recent solo exhibition, “Stolen Time,” was held in Prague in 2009. She currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and has also taught for Focal Point and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. She is curently working on personal projects. You can find out more about them at



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