January 5, 2013
With a very heavy heart I attended last night’s final ‘First Friday’ at Pixels 2.1 Gallery in The Exchange District of Winnipeg. The Gallery opened just over 2 years ago amidst much anticipation and enthusiasm. As an accomplished photographer who had decided to seriously pursue fine art photography with the establishment of 'The Canadian Gallery', I welcomed wholeheartedly the brainchild of Tse Li Luk and Joe Kerr in establishing a gallery dedicated to showing, promoting and selling the work of Manitoba photographers. While photography as a hobby has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade or so, photography as an art form continues to struggle. There have been others before who attempted to raise the profile of photography in the city but certainly none with the same energy that I can remember.