Tony Westman

TonyWestman_webJune 4, 2015
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

What do you see when you picture the city of Surrey? Do you notice its new construction projects, or do you see traces of homes and farms that once were? On Thursday, June 4, you’re invited to help imagine the future of Surrey by looking at images of its past and present taken by local photographer Tony Westman on exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery until February 2016.

This exhibit is more than a collection of photographs but an investigation into a complex city that has rapidly transformed from a rural and suburban landscape into a major urban centre. Westman says, “Becoming Surrey is a bit like a scavenger hunt looking for evidence of the recent past and near future.” Using a slideshow of images, Westman will illustrate Surrey as a wonderful and complicated place that is searching for understanding, direction, and identity.

About Tony Westman

After graduating university, Tony Westman worked as a freelance photographer for Montreal Star, Vancouver Sun, The Province, and any other publications that needed photographs. As luck would have it, the National Film Board of Canada hired him as an assistant cameraman where he went on to photograph and eventually direct numerous documentaries: Salmon People, Beluga Baby, and Family Down the Fraser. In the 1980s, Hollywood began using Vancouver as a branch plant which allowed Westman to work on numerous TV productions and feature films as both Director and Cinematographer. Currently, he works as instructor in Cinematography at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, but photography remains his passion. For more information about his work, visit Tony Westman’s website:

Journey through Surrey’s past, present, and future at this Thursday Artist Talk that asks, “What is this place?”

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided.
This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.