Festival Season has arrived!

Ah, Summertime!

Life is good and the livin’ is easy. Or something like that. No longer are we burdened  with parka’s and layers and all the wintery gear we donned for so long this year! No better a summer to celebrate the hot and humid deliciousness, sipping icy cold beverages on your favourite patio and seriously soaking in the vitamin D!

Some of the best things about Winnipeg summer is the continual line up of festivals and events! Jazz, Fringe, Folk, and Folklorama to name a few.

First up is the Winnipeg Jazz Festival running from June 12 to 22nd. As usual, you don’t want to miss the stunning line up of musicians to be seen and heard!

In honour of the the 25th annual Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Jazz Winnipeg has reproduced some of the best images ever captured over the last two-and-a-half decades by our talented volunteer photo crew. Photographs of legends such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and Sonny Rollins, as well as modern artists before they were superstars, such as Diana Krall and Diplo.

The 60 images will be on display in a pop-up gallery at Old Market Square during the Free Opening Weekend (June 12-15) or in the lobby of the Manitoba Theatre Centre during the Theatre Series (June 13-20).

Don’t you love how photography always marries cultural events? We thank all of the photographers, who over the years have made a wonderful time capsule of the faces and places of our great city~

We also hope you feel inspired to get out and shoot – you never know who will cross your path to be immortalized by your lens!


Lights Camera Action!


It’s May and the Professional Photographers of Manitoba are hosting a great Education event on Sunday May 25th you will not want to miss!

Joel Ross and Bond Freyer will be demonstrating the use of ambient light and off-camera flash to photograph couples. You are welcome to bring your camera as this is a hands-on lighting workshop.

Sunday, May 25, 2015 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Red River College, 160 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB

How much?
Non-Members: $50.00  Members: Free

Following the workshop everyone is invited to an informal dinner at The Fox & Fiddle at 456 Main Street. It will be a fun chance to socialize after the education event.

Click the link below to RSVP today! Non-members will be required to print the event tickets to present at the door. If you have never attended a PPOC event before your first visit is free!

WEBSITE:  www.ppocmb.com

Olden and Golden

Remembering the Days of Film


They weren’t all that long ago but boy, it sure feels like an eternity has passed since the pro’s and serious amateurs had only 3 options: Black and White, Colour Print or Transparency. Really, its been less than a decade since digital imaging gave film the what-for! I’d say fewer than 7 years since the revolution really begun to rock our world and we started to see a serious decline in E6 and C41 film processing.

We embraced this new dawn even with its intense learning curves around every different file and lighting condition. Eventually film was just plain old and digital was the new and we haven’t looked back – much. Over the years Kodak and other manufacturers have been pulling the plug on photographic papers and films. The latest news to hit the industry is Kodak announcing it’s discontinuation of E6 Chemistry. The writing was on the wall. If they stopped making E6 film then why wouldn’t they discontinue the chemistry in which to process it? I know a lot of you will feel loss and maybe even some regret at this news. Maybe you feel like you have betrayed the faithful old medium. If only you hadn’t stopped using it, then it would still be around….

But I say (and who am I anyways?) lets have a moment to be sad. Lets even pull out the old film camera’s, the old film still frozen in our freezers and have a last go at it! 35mm ,120, 4×5, 8×10! Get out your rangefinders, your twin lens reflexes, your tried and very true Hassleblad. Rekindle the the romance and have some fun. Film ain’t dead yet and dare I say, in it’s last gasp there might even be a revival!

The Lab Works will continue it’s E6 line for as long as we can. We will keep you all informed as to the going’s on as it goes. PLEASE call us if you have any questions or need clarification. If you want to get on our email list, please drop us a line to let us know at upfront@thelabworks.com