FLASH photographic festival Media Launch, June 24 2014

Don’s photo at Kennedy and Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, kindly let us use the front area of the store to host the Media Launch for Flash Photographic Festival at 10am on June 24th 2014.

FLASH backdrop june 2014
FLASH backdrop June 2014

Jason Syvixay of the Downtown BIZ helped enormously by arranging the media to show up, the sound

photo by John Prentice
photo by John Prentice

system, BIZ patrol to hand out info sheets, and a podium. At the last minute Leif Norman got The Lab Works to print out a FLASH sign to make the event look official and picked it up one hour before the event started.

French CBC, and CTV television showed up with video cameras and interviewed Leif and a few others. SHAW, Metro and the Free Press could not make it, though ran stories later from the info given to them.

Sachit Mehra, Chairman of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ introduced Leif Norman and the festival by speaking to how art and culture are crucial to Downtown and Winnipeg in general.

Leif Norman then spoke about how Winnipeg was a Festival city, but oddly did not have a photo festival yet, and since everyone he told the idea to said it was a great one, it was decided to go ahead and make a new annual festival for Winnipeg.

Numerous names and venues were listed as participating in the festival and Leif took a group shot of the media scrum.

June 24 2014 Flash Festival media launch
June 24 2014 Flash Festival media launch

Neil Coligan from Classic 107FM and CJOB radio later interviewed Leif on the phone.

Jon Adaskin then took a group photo of everyone outside with his 100 year old Graflex 4×5 camera on black and white film.


Jon Adaskin FLASH fest photo June 24 2014
Photo by Jon Adaskin.  Ilford 4×5 inch FP4+ 125 film, developed with DDX. The camera is a 1913 Speed Graphic with a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 3.5 150mm lens. From left to right: Pearl Angelini, Photographer, Aspire Studios. Signy Gerrard, Manager, Marketing & Communications, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Sachit Mehra, Chair at Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Cory Aronec, Photographer Leif Norman, Executive Producer FLASH Photographic Festival. Bruce Monk, Photographer, Platinum Printer. Chris Godfrey, Senior Manager, Don’s Photo. Mallory Pledger, Don’s Photo Marketing. Jason Svixay, Managing Director, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Doug Wiebe, Pastor at Exchange Community Church. Stefano Grande, Executive Director, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Robert Tinker, Photographer