Peppa Martin edit BW 1.jpg

Peppa is a professional photographer and lens-based artist, gallerist, curator, art consultant and independent writer on art and culture. 

Actively engaged with photography for 40+ years, Peppa is the founder and director of Truth and Beauty, (est. 2006) a commercial studio and gallery of contemporary photography.

Occupying the 1909 Edwardian heritage-designated Foley Building, Truth and Beauty Gallery is a commercial art gallery devoted to the exhibition, consideration and appreciation of the photographic form.

In addition to a slate of events, the gallery represents the work of 72 independent, international photographers, with prints available both at the gallery and online in the Print Room. Truth and Beauty is a resource for limited and open edition prints; monographs, books and portfolios;  hosts artist talks, instructional lectures, workshops and public programmes. Peppa also conducts portfolio reviews and critiques for individual photographers, groups and review festivals, provides mentorship and advises on career objectives and development. As an extension of the Vancouver gallery, Truth and Beauty Digital is a second, virtual space for regular online exhibitions.

In the Studio, Peppa undertakes photographic art projects, corporate and personal commissions.

Follow Peppa's Journal to read variously published writings and independent commentary on art and culture. 
Publications include : PhotoEd Magazine, DZine Trip e-zine, The Shape/Shift Report, Travel Thru History, Travelling Tales, Don’t Take Pictures Magazine

Help us build even better Public Programming on all things photography !
Please consider supporting the gallery on Patreon, and receive exclusive offers and informative content.

Member & Professional Affiliations:

  • Canadian Association of Photographic Arts (CAPA)

  • Vancouver Association for Photographic Arts (VAPA)

  • Wedding and Portrait Photographers Int’l (WPPI)

  • Professional Photographers Association of BC (PPABC)

  • World Photography Organization

  • CARFAC BC (Canadian Artists’ Representation)

  • Portfolio Reviewer - Photolucida Festival 2017, 2019 | Portland, Oregon

  • Portfolio Reviewer - Critical Mass | Photolucida 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Portfolio Reviewer - InFocus | Edmonton Alberta

  • Advisory Board Member - Photolucida | Portland, Oregon

  • Member, Past Vice President - BC Association of Travel Writers | Press Accreditation

  • Board Member - Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) London UK

  • Chair - Global Chapter, Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) UK

  • Member - Canadian Media Guild | Press Accreditation

  • The Clarion List

  • Foreword Essayist for ‘City in Flux’ photobook by Carolina de la Cajiga, 2018

  • Juror - Chester Fields Youth Photography Competition | Polygon Gallery 2019

  • Panelist - Sunday Art Salon at ‘UnderExposed’ Exhibition | 100 Braid St Studios 2019

  • Host - The Click, a Truth and Beauty podcast on photography

  • Juror - Fifth Annual Autumnal Exhibition, September 2019 | ARTHOUSE.NYC

  • Speaker - Public events and private groups

Photography Exhibited/ Published Works :
Exposure Gallery - Group Show 2005, 2006
Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery - Group Show, “It’s All About Love” 2011
Truth and Beauty Gallery - Group Show, “Witness” 2012
Truth and Beauty Gallery - Solo Show, ‘ObjectSubject’ 2016 // Companion book, self-published 2016
Lens Culture Portrait Awards 2017, Competition Gallery Showcase - ‘Blue Sequence’
Lonely Planet Magazine - June 2017
Analog Forever Online Group Exhibition 2019 - ‘Street Performer, New Orleans’

Professional Programs :
Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London, UK  (2014) Photography and the Art Market
Sotheby's Institute of Art - London, UK  (2016) Writing for the Art World

Art Fairs Covered:  Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 // Paris Photo, Paris Photo LA 2015 // Photo London (Press Accredited) 2016, 2018 // AIPAD (NYC) 2007 // ScotiaBank CONTACT (Toronto) // Capture Festival- Participant (Vancouver) // PhotoFairs | San Francisco 2017 // Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 (Press Accredited) // Frieze Los Angeles 2019 // Felix Art Fair 2019, Los Angeles

Charitable/ Not-For-Profit  Affiliation :
From The Bottom Up Foundation :  The BoomBoom PhotoRoom
Help-Portrait Worldwide

Private Hire : Meet, Work, Create, Celebrate
The Gallery is available to rent for private events : Meetings & Business, Film Location, Private Parties, Workshops,  Personal Art Exhibitions. [Rates are variable] 
The Studio can be rented for photography projects by the hour, and day.  Equipment not included.

A Brief History of the Foley Building :
The building was erected in 1909 by J.B. Foley, a local realtor. The corner commercial unit at 698 West 16th was a grocery or confectionery store continuously from 1911 until the mid 1990s. The first store was the Samuel Barker and Sons grocery store. This was followed by a string of grocers until 1914 when it became the Heather Market, and then in 1930 the Heather Confectionery. From 1940-1965 the Beckett family operated the Heather Confectionery which became Beckett's Red and White from 1960-1970. Once the Beckett family moved from both the residential unit and the store, the Chow family's Golden Star Grocery and subsequently the Kim family's Olympic Grocery carried on the store tradition.

Untitled.jpg