Selwyn Pullan: What's Lost
May 16―July, 14, 2018
Photographer Selwyn Pullan captured the spirit of modernism on the West Coast
Over the past decade, the West Vancouver Museum has mounted two exhibitions and published a major book on the compelling photography of Selwyn Pullan (1922-2017), the preeminent photographer working in British Columbia in the middle of the 20th century.
While Pullan considered himself a commercial photographer, documenting both art and industry in British Columbia in the 1950s through 70s, it is his architectural photographs that stand out as vivid reminders of an intensely creative and innovative period in design. His images of the city also capture the spirit of the times: Vancouver’s ubiquitous neon lights, a pre-condo cityscape and a period when ties, pearls, and cigarettes were all part of the dining out experience.
What’s Lost is both a tribute to Selwyn Pullan and a reflection on a vanishing era. The exhibition includes portraits of architects and artists, as well as images of residential and commercial buildings and interiors that once formed part of the region's urban and cultural fabric, but have since succumbed to the ravages of time and pressures of redevelopment.