Vancouver Icons: Photo Session Statues in Queen Elizabeth Park

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There are photo opportunities scattered throughout the Vancouver’s 52-hectare Queen Elizabeth Park. At 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.

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Photos abound of its gorgeously landscaped quarry garden, the arboretum with its collection of exotic and native trees, and views of the city below. There is one spot, arguably the best for views of Vancouver and the North Shore, where the act of photo-taking has been commemorated with bronze statues.

Photo Session Statues in Queen Elizabeth Park

In 1984, artist J. Seward Johnson, Junior gifted “Photo Session” to the park. It features 3 life-sized people posing for a photo, with the city as a backdrop, with another bronze statue posing at the photographer. The statues themselves are in many visitor photos, and are listed in numerous TripAdvisor posts about the park. In 2008, the statue of the photographer was stolen, and many feared it would be melted down for money. It was later found in a field in Aldergrove.

Although a commemoration of photographers at that lookout point today might feature smartphones and selfie sticks, Photo Session continues to draw its own attention, which is why it is today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:

Queen Elizabeth View of Downtown Vancouver



Family portrait - City Portrait

2014 - Vancouver - Queen E. Park - The Photo Session

Photo Session Bronze Statue.

Statues from the back


Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth View of Downtown Vancouver

tourist attraction

Statue of Photographer in Queen Elizabeth Park

Other Vancouver Icons posts: City Hall History, BC Sugar, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Museum of Anthropology, Fort Langley Community Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, Waterfront Station, Pacific Central Station, Randall Building Mural, East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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