Ink on Exhibition at Penland School of Crafts Gallery

I’m pleased to have the 2019 production run of Ink Takes Shape be part of an exhibition at the Penland Gallery. Located at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, the exhibition is curated by Catherine Ellis and Kathryn Gremley. The show runs May 28 to July 14th. Check out the Penland Gallery website for the opening and more details.

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Public Event: LIVE TRAVERSAL (March 1 at 2pm) UVIC


This Friday, March 1st I will be at the University of Victoria - giving a live reading/navigation of my work “Notes Toward Absolute Zero.” Full details below:

Friday, Mar. 1 | 2:00-3:30pm | McPherson Library, Digital Scholarship Commons

Space limited, REGISTER HERE

The Digital Scholarship Commons at the University of Victoria Libraries is pleased to host author Tim McLaughlin and Dr. Dene Grigar for a Traversal of McLaughin’s hypertext novel, Notes Toward Absolute Zero. Written in 1992/93, McLaughlin’s work dates from the pre-web era of hypertext, when the creative potential of the medium was still largely unexplored. Dr. Grigar, director and professor of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at WSU Vancouver, will conduct a Traversal of McLaughlin’s work; a narrated, recorded performance capturing the experience of the work on period 1990s computing technology.

Stored on decaying media and dependent upon obsolete hardware, digital works from earlier eras present escalating degrees of difficulty to those seeking to experience them in their original, authentic form. Traversal is a process  for documenting and preserving digital media so that they may outlast the transient dependencies of their original making.

Dene Grigar is Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature. With Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) she developed the methodology for documenting born digital media, a project that culminated in an open-source, multimedia book, entitled Pathfinders (2015), and book of media art criticism, entitled Traversals (2017), for The MIT Press. She is President of the Electronic Literature Organization and Director of the Electronic Literature Lab at WSUV.

Tim McLaughlin is a writer and photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the years Tim has been active in experimental radio, hypertext fiction (he is included in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada), graphic design, book production, and documentary film. In partnership with Charllotte Kwon and Maiwa Handprints, Tim documents artisan communities and advocates for the importance and continuation of traditional craft and culture. Recently, Charlotte and Tim worked together to produce Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe (Thames and Hudson, 2016).

Textiles of the Banjara - Official Release

Neelavva, Banjara woman. Karnataka, November 2013.

Neelavva, Banjara woman. Karnataka, November 2013.

This month is the official release for Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe. A book I co-authored with Charllotte Kwon.

Charllotte had been seeking embroiderers from this community since she first started visiting India. I joined her on her search and was able to apply my love of portraiture to the project. We photographed Neelavva in the fields where she and a small group of other women were working. It was the corn harvest. I carried a large piece of black cloth with me. Two assistants held the cloth behind her and I made the picture.

This photo, along with Banjara embroidery, will be included in an exhibition to take place at the Monte Clarke Gallery, September 22 - October 1, 2016.

Here is link to the Banjara promotional PDF.

"Portraits Found and Taken" wins a silver at the Paris Photo Prize.


Portraits Found and Taken is awarded a silver in the Paris Photo Prize. Tim's portrait work placed silver in the Book category and in the Portraiture category. Here is the press release:



WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris



Tim McLaughlin of Canada was Awarded:Second Prize in category Book (People)for the entry entitled, " Portraits: Found and Taken ." The jury selected PX3 2014’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.

The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.

For Press Inquiries, Contact:

About the Winner:

Tim McLaughlin has a long-standing interest in photography and its relationship to character. He has been working to expand the ground of formalized portraiture: exploring our idea of what make a likeness and what makes a portrait.

He ives in Roberts Creek, BC, Canada.  Over twenty-five years he has been active in experimental radio, hypertext fiction, graphic design, writing and documentary film production. Many of these works can be found at Ampersand & Company.

In addition to Photography Tim McLaughlin is the editor of Image on Paper a collection of photobook reviews.

Ferry Building Gallery - Walk Through


New Show - Ferry Building Gallery


I'm happy to announce a solo show at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver. Located on the shore next to Ambleside Park, the Ferry Building Gallery is a heritage building and a great, intimate space for an exhibition. I have printed four new portraits for this show and they will be large format works, measuring 24" x 36". 

There are three events associated with the exhibition:

Opening Reception - Tuesday January 28th 6-8pm

Official Book Launch for Portraits: Found and Taken  - Thursday January 30th

Meet the Artist: A chance to talk about the work - Saturday February 1st, 2-3pm

Hope to see you there!

Review - Facing the Light


A review of the show "Facing the Light: Portraits" now showing at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery has just been published in the Coast Reporter.

Here's the link:

Tim portrays, Jone acts

Jan DeGrass/Arts and Entertainment Writer / Staff writer

AUGUST 9, 2013 01:00 AM

Figures in action stalk the walls of the Gibsons Public Art Gallery (GPAG), and portraits stare down at the viewer during the current exhibition that opened last weekend.

Tim McLaughlin's almost life size photographs dominate the smaller room. As a working artist, McLaughlin is also a graphic designer and a writer, who began to focus on photography in 2004.

Late in the summer of 2010 he launched into portrait photography. He blossomed quickly; the body of work that resulted from his first efforts is large, each picture realized, portraying the essence of the subject. Many of the portraits are of Sunshine Coast artists - Todd Clark looking moody, Nadina Tandy looking like Tina Fey, her sense of humour apparent, Maurice Spira aloof - or of performers: sound artist Giorgio Magnanensi, ethereal behind his beard, or Jean Pierre Makosso, laughing as usual. Why artists? Most of the people he knows personally are involved in the arts in some way, McLaughlin told Coast Reporter.

"Those who work in the arts immediately understand why you would like to make a portrait of them," he said. "They seem to understand (and are keen to collaborate in) the process of turning their presence into another kind of presence - a portrait."

Taking a photo is a great excuse to meet people, he added. He went to France on the strength of that idea and photographed a British painter now living there, Julian Merrow-Smith, and Craig Hanna, an artist working in Paris. The results can be found in a recently released hard cover book, Portraits Found and Taken (Eidetic Editions - available for sale at the GPAG's gift shop). Coast people are prominent, but the book includes portraits of strangers unearthed from thrift store photo albums and canisters of previously undeveloped film. The book also includes a preface by Stephen Osborne (aka Mandelbrot) anda series of fanciful, creative writings in which McLaughlin defines his portrait subjects in words as well as photos.

McLaughlin's work is in the Eve Smart room, a separate section of the larger gallery. This is also significant. McLaughlin played strings in the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra with the late Eve Smart, benefactress of the gallery. He realized how happy he was, in his first show on the Coast, to be in the gallery named after her.

Jone Pane began painting figures in action in order to boost her own energy, she said. The walls are covered in brush stroke figures not unlike Chinese characters and they are moving through all kinds of martial arts, dancing, giggling, or performing tai chi.

"I'm not that good with language," she said, pointing at one of her paintings titled, It is Written. "This is my language," and she waves a hand at the many works.

The gallery has embraced the idea of action paintings for the month of August and has scheduled activities such as karate, NIA and fencing that are open to the public. Tomorrow, Aug. 10, the Coast Martial Arts Club shows a few of their moves and on Sunday, Paul Blakey demos Wild Goose Qigong. Pick up a brochure showing the other events that run until Sept. 1.

On Aug. 16 Marlene Lowden attempts to mesh art and yoga in an interesting two and a half-hour workshop designed to help you rediscover and liberate your creativity. (This is one of the few workshops with a fee. Contact the instructor at More about the gallery's activities can be found at:

GPAG Opening


Yesterday afternoon was the opening for Facing the Light: Portraits at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Thanks to all who came out. It was an honour to hang these images in the Eve Smart Gallery. I knew Eve and her bequest has enabled artists to partake of this wonderful new space.

The show is up until September 3, 2013. It features 10 large photographs (2 x 3 feet) mounted on aluminum sheeting. Two works on paper (3 x 4 feet) and some smaller works. The publication of the book has been delayed slightly - it is expected in about 2 weeks. 

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