Vancouver InstaMeet Organized by Hayo, Capture Photo Fest & Presentation House Gallery

Heads up, Vancouver friends!


As part of the Capture Photography Festival  that is taking place the entire month of April in Vancouver, Capture, Hayo Magazine, and Presentation House Gallery are organizing an InstaMeet for photography lovers and enthusiasts. Next Sunday, April 3rd at 3 pm, we are gathering a group of photographers and Instagrammers in an unexpected setting to learn more about the beginnings of photography and see the first photographic registries of British Columbia.


The attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists of the Viewpoint project, a public art installation that consists of two lens-based works of art: Vision in 1792 by Ryan McKenna and Burrard Inlet Big Camera by Erin Siddall and Sean Arden. Housed in shipping containers on the edge of the port, the project evokes the history of the inlet as an access point for new forms of governance and for settlers, refugees, goods, and resources from all points of the globe. Though distinct from each other, both projects are focused on observation and the experience of seeing.


Following the Capture Fest installation visit, InstaMeet participants are invited to Presentation House Gallery (333 Chesterfield Avenue) to view the exhibition NANITCH: Early Photographs of British Columbia from the Langmann Collection.


NANITCH is the first public look into the important Langmann archive of over 18,000 rarely seen photographs. The collection was recently donated to UBC Library by Vancouver’s Uno and Dianne Langmann and Uno Langmann Ltd. Spanning a sixty-year period from the 1860s to the early 1920s, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals dramatic changes in the province, as well as in how and why photographs were made. The show reveals how the activities of nineteenth-century working photographers using large-format cameras evolved with the introduction of amateur cameras and mass distribution of promotional photography. The eclectic material on display includes hand-coloured albumen prints, stereocards, cartes de visite, postcards and glass negatives. The word “nanitch” is from the Chinook trading jargon, which was used extensively by Indigenous peoples and settlers particularly at the beginning of the last century. It means “to look”.


InstaMeet participants will have the chance to see and use an 1857 stereograph – seen by many as the technological precursor to movies – and explore British Columbia through the lenses of its earliest photographers. You can read more about it here.


To finalize this special afternoon, you will also have the opportunity to WIN A COPY OF THE NANITCH CATALOGUE thanks to Presentation House Gallery! Whatup!! Just follow PHG, Hayo, and Capture on Instagram, take photographs during the InstaMeet on the theme “exploration” and tag your photos with #Nanitch and #InstameetLonsdale to be entered in the draw. One lucky winner will win, selected by judges from Hayo and Capture. These details will be also shared during the meetup.


In Summary:


When: Sunday, April 3rd at 3 pm
Where: Meeting point is Lonsdale Quay Market on Carrie Cates Court
Who: Open to anyone that loves photography and wants to connect with other like-minded photography lovers!
What: Hashtags for the Instameet are #InstameetLonsdale #HayoxCapture & #Nantich for the contest
RSVP: Send an email to or leave a comment below!



  • 3:00 pm: Gather at the meeting point
  • 3:15 pm: Welcome and introduction
  • 3:20 pm: Brief description of the Viewpoint project + time to interact with the piece, take photos, talk to the artists.
  • 4:00 pm: Head to Presentation House Gallery (7 min walk)
  • 4:10 pm: Introduction of the exhibition, free time to observe and interact. Head back home anytime after that or stay for the sunset with the city as a backdrop 😉 .


Cover photo taken by @VancouverLife from Lonsdale Quay!

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