FLASH 2017 tickets go on sale as featured photographers named for Jan. 27 event

WATERLOO REGION (December 5, 2016) – Tickets to FLASH, the award-winning annual contemporary photography celebration in Waterloo Region, Ontario, went on sale today as three featured photographers were added to the program.

As announced previously, the Jan. 27, 2017 event at Kitchener’s Tannery Event Centre will be headlined by Magnum photojournalist Larry Towell, Canada’s only member of the prestigious photographic collective. Towell has most recently been documenting the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in the midwestern United States.

Towell will present his work at FLASH following video presentations of the work of three featured photographers being announced today: 

Alina Chirila of Waterloo, Ont., who is driven by film in its many forms and ways of capturing light on it. Chirila, who grew up in northern Romania in a family of craftsmen, is a psychotherapist who sees photography, literature, therapy and printing as ways of soul-searching and exploring human condition.

Peter Power of Ancaster, Ont., whose three decades of newspaper photography and journalism have earned numerous honours, including the prestigious Governor General's Michener Award for Public Service Journalism, along with a reputation as one of Canada’s top visual storytellers.

Lissa Rivera of Brooklyn, NY, a photographic artist whose work has received multiple grants and honours and been exhibited internationally. “Beautiful Boy,” Rivera’s latest project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to a personal level, focusing on her domestic partner as muse.


The 2017 event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27, at the Tannery Event Centre, 151 Charles St. W., Kitchener, Ont. Doors open at 6:45 and the evening begins with the open call exhibition at 7 p.m., followed by the three featured photographers and ending with Larry Towell’s presentation. Tickets are available for $15 starting today via Eventbrite

As an addition to FLASH this year, downtown Kitchener’s newly renovated Walper Hotel will host a FLASH after-party from 9:30 p.m. onward.