This will be Kyle Shura's first exhibition to include a glimpse at some of his former work as a skateboard photographer. It will also be the first time he's ever been to Whistler, so come check it out at the TWSSF!
KYLE SHURA - BIO
Born in 1979 in Kelowna BC, Kyle Shura grew up enjoying the music and skateboard scene of his hometown, although not before first gaining attention on the squash court where he earned multiple provincial titles, a gold medal at the Canada Games and ranked 11th in the world for his country. Taking notice of the subtle things his environment has to offer has always been of great focus for Shura. His assurance eventually drove him to the city of Vancouver in 2001 where he would employ at a skateboard distributor. Managing their warehouse opened doors and introduced Shura to the major players in the skateboard community at the time and allowed him to refine his craft in 35mm photography, shooting for brands such as DC Shoes and World Industries. Today, the name "Shura" adorns many skateboard photos considered classics such as the first trick down the famous "black ice" as well as Josh Evin's backside 50-50 across the ledge there (RIP). Shura played a roll in the start-up of Color Magazine and has continued to contribute periodically, but will admit he doesn't agree with skater's risking themselves and their bodies to get 'the shot'. His work appeared in all the major skateboard magazines in Canada of the time as well in magazines in Europe, Australia and the United States. A photographer characterized by his avoidance of anything digital, his tools have essentially not changed in his 17 years shooting 35mm black and white. Shura is recognized also for his cross-processing, developing and printing. Embracing the human element of the craft he celebrates purity, shooting his subjects ounce or twice, excepting the fact that he may or may not have got the shot he intended to, and any imperfections that may occur. As he puts it, "There's quality in shit". His work explores patterns and carvings found outdoors, moulded by the elements. A photographic landscape painted by the force of natural progression, of life and of time. "
Partial proceeds from this show will be donated to the MS Society of Canada for research in the field of Multiple Sclerosis