PRINT March 2001


VANCOUVER, BC—BRITISH CALIFORNIA, some locals call it, referring no doubt to their city's ongoing annexation by the Hollywood dream factory. As a matter of fact, Vancouver's topography and even its temperature are reminiscent of Golden State climes, and there's that nagging sense of unreality. Vancouver, like LA, is a filmmaker's paradise, providing every sort of setting—city, suburb, and wilderness—in a relatively compact area. Jeff Wall has lived in the Canadian metropolis since earliest childhood, and his photographs, even at their most fantastic, are inevitably rooted in the quotidian details of the place, in the simultaneously over- and underdetermined character of its various districts as well as the sudden, almost hallucinatory transitions between them. This interview took place in Wall's studio, located in Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, an area blighted with

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