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March 17, 2014

Meet The Mobile Photographers: Part One

Gesamtkunstwerk is thrilled to be working with some of the most talented mobile photographers in the world on a photography exhibition-within-an-exhibition, which opens for public viewing on March 22.

Their works will be on display as part of the larger Gesamtkunstwerk exhibition, open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm until mid-May.

Meet the first set of mobile photographers!

Name: Scott Rankin

Instagram: @othellonine

Scott Rankin is a full-time realtor and a part-time photo adventurer. Although just a hobby, his photography has garnered him worldwide attention, including being named by Forbes as one of “10 Instagram Photographers You Should Follow” and by Complex as one of the “10 Best Photographers on Instagram“.

Two fun facts about Scott? The iPhone was his only camera until recently when he purchased his first “fancy” camera, and 90% of the photos taken with this “fancy” camera are of his cat Charlie.

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Name: JongSun

Instagram: @jongsunpark_

JongSun is a freelance photographer.  He loves travel, food, chocolate and soccer. When not taking photographs, he is either playing soccer or blogging. He grew up in Seoul, Korea and moved to Canada when he was thirteen. He’s been loving Canada ever since.

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Name: Dan Lum

Instagram: @dudelum

Dan Lum is a Vancouver photographer, designer, husband and dad to two awesome kids. He attributes his love for photography to his grandfather, a WWII era photographer who produced colour photos by hand painting onto black & white prints. Growing up, Dan never went on family road trips, flying to destinations instead. “I missed all the sights in between.”

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Name: Emanuel Smedbøl

Instagram: @secretcities

Emanuel Smedbøl is a Vancouver-based freelance graphic designer. He enjoys travelling slow by boot, boat, and bicycle, and his wide-eyed wonder and small-town back-to-the-land roots have a way of showing through sometimes. He enjoys eating colourful vegetables.

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Name: Cody James Briggs

Instagram: @codeu

Cody James Briggs is from beautiful Vancouver Island. He started photography in his late teens and  has always been inspired by natural light, landscapes and people. Cody has a natural talent for climbing and jumping, making him very popular with other photographers while out on photo walks.



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