Interview with SCOUT VANCOUVER Magazine, 2017
Documenting Decades with Vancouver Street Photographer Louise Francis-Smith
Street photographer Louise Francis-Smith moved to Strathcona in 1980 and has had her “heart opened by and lens focused on” the buildings and people of old Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside ever since. She continues to be compelled by the dichotomy of beauty and poverty in these East Van neighbourhoods — a fact you can see for yourselves in her studio during the Eastside Culture Crawl, November 16-19 (1000 Parker St, Studio #108)…
Read the full interview: scoutmagazine.ca
Australian and International Photography 2017
Photography from the 19th and 20th centuries
Collectors’ List No. 185 2016
Louise Francis-Smith’s two photo works, Resting On Bi- cycle Laneway (Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2015/2016), and Hmong Festival (Luang Prabang, Laos, 2015/2016), are included in this exhibition in Sydney Australia. The show runs from Dec. 3 2016 to Feb. 11 2017 at Josef Lebovic Gallery.
SWEEP – Artist book coming soon
It is in its prototype stage. SWEEP features a selection of photographs from an ongoing body of work in colour, 1980 – 2015 of Louise Francis-Smiths portrait of Chinatown in transition and at the threshold. Edited and designed by Chick Rice. Stay tuned…
CAPTURE PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2016
Louise Francis-Smith is selected with her solo exhibition in 2016 Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver BC. Her show is titled Light and the Social Order. It is curated by Ewan McNeil and featured in Covan02 Art Gallery in Vancouver’s Gastown.
In the 1960s, Vancouver’s Chinatown organized against the city’s slum clearance and freeway plans. A freeway would have been a concrete knife cut through the heart of Chinatown, inducing the collapse of its social structure.
Once again, Chinatown is undergoing dramatic physical and social change. The colour and fabric of this historic neighbourhood are fading. Traditional businesses are closing at exponential rates to be replaced by cafes, skateboard shops, upscale restaurants, and art galleries. Signage everywhere promotes new condo developments.
In Light and the Social Order, Louise Francis-Smith sees an elderly population and a way of life passing.
More info. Capture Photography Festival website
WORKING WORLD Exhibition and Publication, 2012
From a community photography project, THIS IS EAST VAN, 2011
A Book published for a celebration of the progressive community that is East Van demonstrating diversity, people, art, design, food and architecture through community art.
DIVERSE Magazine 2010 Winter Edition
Louise Francis-Smith and her photographs were featured in the Vancouver magazine DIVERSE, in an article called ‘Old Chinatown and its legacy for 30 years’.