Website design and production: Tim McLaughlin
Introduction: Petra Watson, Writer and Curator

My work at the PNE has been greatly facilitated by the support and co-operation of many people. I would like to thank Annette Antoniak, General Manager and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition, for granting me access to the fairgrounds and expressing interest and support for the project since its inception in 1997. Thanks also to Laura Ballance, PNE Media Relations, for her help in making arrangements for my daily visits.

Both Tim McLaughlin and Petra Watson were instrumental in conceptualizing and fine-tuning the web project, and I thank them for their patience and thoughtfulness.

And finally, I would like to express my appreciation to all of those vendors who allowed me to photograph them, and took the time to talk to me about their lives.

Michael de Courcy


Michael de Courcy is a multi-disciplinary artist who variously employs photography, screenprinting, video, performance, and digital media in order to continue to make his work accessible to the community at large. Born in Montréal, Quebec in 1944, he studied there at the École des Beaux Arts and at the Vancouver School of Art. He has taught photography and printmaking at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Native Education Centre, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has exhibited internationally since 1969.

Michael de Courcy