Architectural Photography Workshop and Tour at the Orpheum

Learn how to get professional images of the incredible Orpheum theatre

Saturday, March 10th
1pm – 4pm

The Orpheum, 601 Smithe St

*This workshop is currently at capacity. If you would like to be notified about future photography events please email or phone 604-264-9642.


Develop your photography skills while discovering the history of the Orpheum, which recently celebrated it’s 90th anniversary. This 3-hour photography workshop and tour celebrates the history and architecture of the Orpheum. Explore the eclectic mix of Moroccan, Indian, British and Spanish architectural influences. After the tour Architectural Photographer Martin Knowles will offer tips and tricks of the trade to get the best photographs of the lobby spaces. Gain useful information for how to best balance light, form and scale to make the most of the beautiful subject matter. Open to all skill levels, please bring your own photographic equipment. Tripods are recommended.

This workshop earns 3 Non-core LUs AIBC.

Co-presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres.

About the Instructor

Martin Knowles is an architectural photographer with over 20 years experience based in downtown Vancouver and has been Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s dedicated tour home photographer for over 10 years. Martin's work can be seen in VHF house tour guides and in recent map guides.




About the Venue

Designed by Scottish architect Marcus Priteca, the Orpheum opened in November 1927 as a vaudeville theatre. In the 1930s the theatre became a movie house and remained a single-screen venue until the 1970s when it was threatened with redevelopment.  After public outcry the City of Vancouver purchased the theatre and a renovation and restoration was completed by Thomson, Berwick, Pratt and Partners. At 90 years old, this historic building is the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and an incredible setting for shows of all kinds. The interior features antique décor, sweeping staircases, and a domed auditorium complete with ceiling mural and crystal chandeliers.