Work of the Week | Untitled by Brian Dyson

Date: Feb 7, 2020

This week’s Work of the Week is an untitled photograph by Brian Dyson.

February is a great month if you are a photography fan! The Exposure Photography Festival is on now until February 29; plus, a new exhibition at the Glenbow Museum features the stunning photographs captured by Vivian Maier – Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands.

The story of Vivian Maier, a Chicago-based nanny who took thousands of stunning photographs of city life in the 1950s through to the 1970s, has fascinated the art world since her work was discovered in 2007.

Maier’s photographs feature everyday people on the street and the vibrancy of city life, similar to this photo by Brian Dyson where a man plays guitar on a street corner while a well-dressed figure dances to the music – a seemingly spontaneous moment captured forever on film.

Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands is on view at the Glenbow from February 8-May 24.

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About the Artist: Brian Dyson

Brian Dyson graduated from the Visual Communication program at Leeds College of Art (Leeds, UK) with a major in photography and related design. Upon his graduation in 1966, he worked briefly as an assistant photographer in a commercial photographic studio in London. He immigrated to Canada in 1968, where he quickly became one of Alberta’s leading conceptual artists.

In 1980, Dyson co-founded Syntax, a non-profit support facility for groups in the alternative arts, the social services, and the inner city community of Hillhurst/Sunnyside in Calgary. Syntax additionally served as a vehicle for cultural action that addressed issues in areas of economics, politics, law, social ethics, and aesthetics. In the early 2000s, Dyson withdrew from his activist work to concentrate on his street photography. He now lives in Oliver, BC, where he tends two acres of orchard and ground crops.