November 18th, 2013

The Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society is thrilled to announce the launch of a new edition by JESSICA EATON: Ray Tracings, a suite of seven archival pigment prints in a custom portfolio box.

Jessica Eaton has been widely acclaimed for her innovative experiments in colour photography. She creates vibrant images using unique analog techniques that manipulate properties of light. The photographs in this new series are derived from the effects of light bending through glass prisms. As in previous works, here she pushes the rhetoric of abstraction to provoke a sensory experience of colour and space. These optically-charged photographs animate the flux between objects, image, and perception. Making explicit the fact that photographs come from drawing with light, this series references modernist art, such as Berenice Abbot’s science photographs of light rays.

As described in Canadian Art magazine: “Infused with stunning spectral geometries, her analog experiments – using hard-edged objects, reflective layers and light refractors which are then shot with large-format cameras – push the limits of light and image. It’s a process that strikes at the essential alchemy of photographic practice with a clever conceptual edge...” Why Jessica Eaton Has Rocketed Onto the Art Radar in Canada & Beyond. (Canadian Art, December 2012)

Jessica Eaton (born in Regina Saskatchewan) graduated in photography from Emily Carr University in 2006 and now lives in Montreal. She has quickly risen to international prominence. She has exhibited widely including the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA; Photographer’s Gallery, London; Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, the Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea and Contact Photography Festival, Toronto. She is the subject of many articles and was awarded the 2012 Photography Jury Grand Prize at the Hyeres Festival in France. Eaton is represented by Jessica Bradley, Toronto, Higher Pictures, New York and M + B Gallery, Los Angeles.

The Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society (CPPS) is a non-profit society based in Vancouver that commissions and publishes limited-edition portfolios by notable Canadian artists.

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Ray Tracings, 2013
7 archival pigment prints on IFA 49 paper
in an archival box
Edition of 10 + 2 A/P
Image size: 22.8 x 28.5 cm (9 x 11 1⁄4 in.)
Paper size: 37.1 x 42.8 cm (14 5/8 x 16 7/8 in.)
Launch price: $6,500. (CAD)


Jessica Eaton at the 2013 CAPTURE Festival
Opening Friday November 1st 6-8pm
1965 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Jessica Eaton

Exhibition runs November 2 & 3
12:00 - 5:00pm
1965 Main Street (3rd & Main)
Presented by CPPS

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Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society (CPPS)


Through the Lens: Photography and Contemporary Art
A CPPS Panel Discussion with Mark Lewis, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson, and Ian Wallace
moderated by Kathleen Ritter
Liz Magor

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
7:00 - 9:00pm
ECUAD Lecture Theatre
Room 301, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Presented by CPPS and Emily Carr University

One could argue that, out of any technological changes, the advent of photography in the mid-nineteenth century has most fundamentally altered the way we see the world around us. Photography’s influence in our daily lives has been pervasive, and its growing ubiquity and impact over the course of the twentieth century has been intimately tied to systems of belief, power, and ideology. In short, one can no longer help but see the world through a lens.

Likewise, photography’s impact on art has been profound. Of particular interest are the ways in which other traditional art forms have responded to the development of photography. How has painting changed to accommodate or reject photography? How does sculpture revision itself in relation to photographic ways of seeing? For artists working across media, what role does photography play in the changing modes of representation?

A one-night panel discussion, moderated by Kathleen Ritter, is structured around a question posed to four artists— Mark Lewis, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson, and Ian Wallace — who work across disciplines: What role does photography play in your practice?

This panel discussion is organized by the Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society (CPPS), a non-profit society operated by a group of volunteer artists, collectors, and curators with expertise in the field of photography. Since its inception in 1986, CPPS has commissioned portfolios of new photographic works by some of Canada's leading contemporary artists. The portfolios represent a range of approaches to photography—narrative, conceptual, formal—and reflect the innovation and rigor characteristic of Canada's contemporary art scene. The society is primarily focussed on the support and production of contemporary photography and assists artists in the production of new work.

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Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society (CPPS)

New Limited Edition

The Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society is pleased to announce the debut of our most recent edition: Cast A Pall, by Vancouver artist, Rodney Graham. Graham is one of the most celebrated artists in the international contemporary art scene. An artist, writer, musician and actor, he is acclaimed for innovating new approaches to landscape, literature and sound. Graham's diptych was originally designated as the front and back cover for the artist's second rock album, but has instead been released as a set of two limited edition photographs. For more information, click here.

Rodney Graham