VNB, founded by Virginie Lamarche and Bastien Desfriches Doria, is a Vancouver/Bowen Island-based creative studio producing analogue photographic projects including legacy portfolios, art exhibitions, events and workshop series. Recent VNB productions include two editions (2014 and 2015) of the celebratory, intergenerational “Vancouver Creatives” talent show historicizing homebred creativity and building community mentorship around a developing series of black-and-white, environmental portraits shot on a 1920s 8×10 camera using a modern adaptation of the Calotype paper process, as well as in the same historical format the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale “Post Past” Legacy Exhibition capturing all participating artists and curators along with their landmark work throughout the city.
VNB are also the founders of FotoFilmic – a curating and publishing platform promoting material practices and analogue processes in contemporary photography via international traveling exhibitions, limited edition prints sales and workshops.
Both Virginie and Bastien are experienced international photography curators/producers and former academic professors. Drawing on over a decade of academic formation in France and in the American Midwest as graduate students (MST University Paris 8, MFAs, 2006, Southern Illinois University) then full time photography faculty (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH & Governors State University, Chicago, IL) before coming to Vancouver, Canada, Virginie and Bastien have steadily worked since at advocating and promoting material artistic practices in contemporary photography through the creation of original, highly regarded photographic exhibitions and events both locally and abroad.
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