Alex Waterhouse-Hayward PHOTOGRAPHS: PEOPLE, PLANTS & PASSION May 4 – May 30 Duthie Gallery
Opening Reception with artist May 4th, 5 – 7 pm
For more than forty years Alex Waterhouse-Hayward has been the go-to photographer for the magazines and papers in Vancouver. He has photographed everybody who’s anybody in Vancouver and everyone who came through the city, from the Pope to Elmore Leonard.
Described in a recent Vancouver magazine article as ‘the undisputed dean’ of the city’s photographers, his work has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Globe and Mail, and the Georgia Straight.
Flowers and women are his personal passions and he brings to them his fine professional eye. His roses have been Canadian stamps and his photographs of women are literary and erotic, inspired by Balthus, Courbet and Hopper.
At 70, Alex is still photographing at an intense rate: celebrities: Jim Erickson with his Oscar, Attila Lukacs and Werner Herzog, women: burlesque dancers and a dominatrix, flowers: his cherished roses and hostas, and his grand-daughters. He is still working primarily in film and printing himself using both historic and groundbreaking techniques, on the last sheets of photographic papers no longer made.
The exhibition highlights the astounding breadth and depth of Alex’s life in photography and traverses the axes of his long career and sustained obsessions: famous and familiar personalities, the beauty of the female form and the perfection of flowers.
When Alex Waterhouse-Hayward’s birth in a Buenos Aires hospital was recorded with a burst of a photographer’s magnesium flash in 1942 he knew then that one day he would become a photographer.
Alex taught algebra and ancient and medieval history in a Mexico City high school until 1975 when he and his Canadian wife Rosemary and two Mexican-born daughters moved to Vancouver.
In Vancouver Alex started as a stills photographer shooting CBC drama and variety shows. But his real love was magazines and since the late 70s Alex has shot for almost every magazine and newspaper in Canada, Time, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Stern, the Guardian and many more. In Vancouver he shoots regularly for the arts section of the Georgia Straight weekly, for annual reports, campaign posters for both Federal and Provincial political parties. In 2001 Canada Post issued four rose stamps photographed by Alex.
12 years ago Alex started exhibiting his fine arts photography and has shown at several Vancouver galleries, Simon Patrich Gallery, the Exposure Gallery, the Helen Pitt and Presentation House and he is a frequent contributor of photography essays for online arts magazines such as the Tyee and Montreal’s Arts and Opinion.
For 13 years Alex taught photography for the Outreach Program of Emily Carr and currently taught at Focal Point until it closed its doors last year.
Alex has been blogging since the beginning of blogs and posts every day about his current cultural activities: concerts, plays and art shows and from his richly remembered and photographed past. blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/