Mark van Manen would do most anything to get a photograph.
Hang out of a helicopter, hundreds of feet in the air. Rearrange somebody’s apartment. Argue with the U.S. Secret Service about how close he could get to the president.
Then there was the time he commandeered hundreds of extras from a film shoot.
“Mark was sent to the fair to shoot a human-resources story about people who’ve made their entire career at the PNE,” says the PNE’s communications head, Laura Ballance. “They went to Playland because he wanted something colourful. There was a movie being filmed at Playland, and Mark walked over to the director and said, ‘I’m going to need all these people on the ferris wheel.’
“The director said, ‘Well no, we’re in the middle of filming a movie.’ And Mark held up his lanyard (with his press ID) and said, ‘If you want to be on the cover of The Vancouver Sun tomorrow, you’re going to have to do this.’
“And they moved a thousand extras working on the movie set over to the ferris wheel for the most Disney-like photo in the history of the Canadian newspaper industry.”
Vancouver Sun photographer Mark van Manen in July 1979. Photo: Ken Oakes/Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
Hare Krishna devotees chant and play drums on Granville Street. August 16, 1978. Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
Photographer Mark van Manen (foreground) covered a 1978 protest against the UBC engineering students’ Lady Godiva Ride.
Brian Shettler of Winnipeg Warriors sends John Neeld of New Westinster Bruins into orbit. Photo by Mark Van Manen, Sun Photo. Ran November 13 1980 [PNG Merlin Archive]
Freddie Mercury of Queen onstage at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum on June 30, 1980. The print has been marked by an editor for “routing,” which means they cut around his head. Ran in the July 2, 1980 Vancouver Sun. Mark Van Manen/Vancouver Sun. For John Mackie [PNG Merlin Archive]
Mick Jagger fronts The Rolling Stones in Seattle on Oct. 15, 1981. Photo: Mark van Manen / Vancouver Sun files. [PNG Merlin Archive]
September 4 1982. Freddie Mercury of Queen onstage at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. Mark van Manen / Vancouver Sun. #82-2561 [PNG Merlin Archive]
Belly-flop Contest – Vic Kennedy diving for the bellyflop contest. Filed in Vancouver Sun Library June 11, 1984 / Mark van Manen photo. [Photo Digitization Project 2016] [PNG Merlin Archive]
October 31 1985 -Haida protesters at Lyell Island ” Indian blockade … it stopped loggers Wednesday”. Gary Guujaw (formerly Edenshaw) pictured on the far right. Mark van Manen / The Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
Sun file photo of punk teenagers. Skateboard reads “Expo paved my play-ground”. Date filed: Aug 11, 1986. Mark Van Manen / Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver B.C. October 16, 2013 Princess Dianna meets with member of the Vancouver Band “Loverboy” backstage at the Expo theatre in Vancouver during Royal tour of May 1986 Mark van Manen/ (photograph) PNG Staff see John Mackie Vancouver Sun /Province Entertainment /News and Web Stories Sunday feature Expo 86 30th anniversary [PNG Merlin Archive]
Star of the show– Princess Dianna stops to chat with a Mountie inside of the Pan Pacific Hotel during the opening festivities of Expo 86 in Vancouver, B.C. on May 1, 1986. Expo 86 was opened by Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and (then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney) on May 2, 1986 and featured pavilions from 54 countries. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer[PNG Merlin Archive]
Expo 86 — Archival photo. Princess Dianna (r) meets local singer/musician Bryan Adams after a concert backstage after an evening Expo 86 concert. Photo: Mark van Manen /PNG Staff Photographer [PNG Merlin Archive]
Rick Hansen and mayor Gordon Campbell at the end of the Man in Motion tour. Mark van Manen / PNG Negative # 87-4153 [PNG Merlin Archive]
October 06,1987- Tina Turner / All action : Tina Turner sang 13 songs and three encores for 10,000 fans at the Pacific Coliseum. / Sun photo-8336. Mark Van Manen / Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
VANCOUVER, BC. APRIL 7 1993 — Vancouver Canucks Trevor Linden (left) celebrates with teammate Clif Ronning after the Canucks scored against the Edmonton Oilers during NHL action at the Pacific Coliseum April 7, 1993. (Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun) [PNG Merlin Archive]
Clayoquot Sound logging protesters gathered at daybreak on July 7, 1993 at the Kennedy River Bridge in preparation for another day of confrontations with loggers and RCMP enforcing a Supreme Court injunction. (93-4755) Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
George Garrett covered many big stories during his decades as a reporter for CKNW news. One of those was the protests to protect the Clayquot Sound in 1993. Photo: Mark Van Manen [PNG Merlin Archive]
Arthur Griffiths, GM Canada President George Peapples, Pat Quinn (l-r) 94-2009. Photo by Mark Van Manen, Vancouver Sun, March 29, 1994. Ran March 30, 1994 D-8. [PNG Merlin Archive]
Photo of Mark van Manen: See Terry Bell Sports story -JAN 17, 1999-Vancouver, BC–Vancouver Canuck’s General Manager Brian Burke’s announcement of the Pavel Bure trade to Florida today drew a crowd of media to GM Place. Photographer Mark Van Manen (blond hair and long lens on camera) Province photo by Colin Price. [PNG Merlin Archive]
100602 Victoria B.C. REACHING OUT TO HER PEOPLE QUEEN Elizabeth reaches out to touch people as thousnads lined outside the Parliament buildings in Victoria to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabth and the Duke as they spent a busy day in Victoria… see Yvonne Zackorias /Janet Steffenhagen cityside Royal visit stories Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. [PNG Merlin Archive]
062602 Queen Charlotte Islands B.C. A LIFE OF DANGER Ken Wiley steps over giant stump he had to cut down with a 50 inch bar chainsaw, Wiley lost both his father and grandfather to deaths in logging accidents, prepares for their long day as the head off to a extremely remote parf of the west side of Graham Island . note Wiley has goatee . Also Dave Dickson (Yellow hard hat) working with giant 50 inch bar chainsaw as he works his way through a giant spruce tree. see Gordon Hamilton Logging feature. story….. Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. [PNG Merlin Archive]
Sun Photographer MARK VAN MANEN trys out one of serious Chainsaws used tin the Charlottes with Gordon Hamilton story. [PNG Merlin Archive]
West Vancouver B.C.050109 GLOWING IN THE NIGHT… New Pennsylvania hotel neon sign…A three-storey high neon sign has gone up at Carrall and Hastings in one of the city’s most colourful neighborhoods …. see John Mackie story…. Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. [PNG Merlin Archive]
A full moon and city lights provide a dramatic backdrop as a parade of Christmas Carol Ships sets out for an evening cruise in the marine community of False Creek. With story by Yvonne Jeffery for CanWest travel package. For Doug Todd Christmas 2017 (Photo by Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun)
091505 VANCOUVER B.C. UP WHERE HE BELONGS…. Here view of downtown Vancouver and waterfront… from airship Harbuck set a world record by staying up the lightship for over 24 hours last sept. while working on a special project. The former U.S. A Apache helicopter pilot and instructor now travels North America 11 months a years flying the helium filling airships. Harbuck over downtown vancouver and frames of the downtown views… see cityside daily special story -Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun
Galiano Island B.C. July 25, 2006 — BEATING THE FIRE BACK…. Forest Fire Workers Charles Peters (left) and Deb Zwickel (right ) with pick work to contain the 61 hectare fire on Galiano Island….see Johnathon Fowlie cityside story. Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun…. [PNG Merlin Archive]
SURREY, B.C. SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE … Police teams continue their detailed search outside the apartment building at 10082 148th St. in Surrey for clues and evidence in last friday’s fatal shooting on 6 people in Surrey… see Neal Hall cityside story. Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun… [PNG Merlin Archive]
VANCOUVER B.C. 121107 – CELEBRATING THE SENTENCING… here a somber looking Karin Joesbury and her friend await the sentencing of Pickton… Friends and relatives celebrate the 25 year sentence given to Robert Pickton outside of New Westminster court tueday night… . see Neal Hall/Lori Culbert cityside sports story. Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. [PNG Merlin Archive]
After hours of waiting it all happened in a second as the new baby beluga was born – I had stood in the same place for over 3 hours but was relieved I didn’t move, to get this frame. MAGICAL AFTERNOON for Qila the 12 yr old Beluga Whale at the Vancouver Aquarium who gave birth this afternoon to a aprox 50 kl baby beluga in captivity. The mum Qila herself was the first whale born in captivity.to give birth… also staff handling the newborn just minutes old on the surface of the Aquarium… see Allison Cross cityside story…. story.Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. Vancouver B.C. 061008 MAGICAL AFTERNOON for Qila the 12 yr old Beluga Whale at the Vancouver Aquarium who gave birth this afternoon to a aprox 50 kl baby beluga in captivity. The mum Qila herself was the first whale born in captivity.to give birth… also staff handling the newborn just minutes old on the surface of the Aquarium… see Allison Cross cityside story…. story.Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. [PNG Merlin Archive]
WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA FEB. 6, 2009. U.S.A.’s Erin Pac and Michelle Rzepka jump into their sled with the course reflecting in Pac helmet at World Cup Bobsleigh at the Whistler, to their 3rd palce finish at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler. For Ian Walker Sports story. Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. [PNG Merlin Archive]
HIGH FLYERS… Here Lindsay Vonn of the U.S.A. (for Kingston feature) one of the top Womens racer’s flying down the “Wort” during the first day of training here at Whistler Mountain… **Use this file pls…) see Gary Kinston sports story…-Mark van Manen/Vancouver Sun. [PNG Merlin Archive]
LIONS BAY, B.C. November 25, 2010 Snow much fun- Four year old Alexander Ganske took advantage of the fresh snowfall to test out his toboggan in hills of Lions Bay, on November 24, 2010. The snowfall closed several lower mainland schools for the day. (Mark van Manen/PNG) See Vancouver Sun/ Province Snow cityside -stories ) (Mark van Manen/PNG) [PNG Merlin Archive]
WHISTLER, B.C.: February 28, 2010 –Canadian Hockey fans go wild watching the Team Canada win against the U.S.A. on a giant screen in Whistler Village at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on February 28. 2010 in Whistler B.C. ( Mark van Manen/Canwest News Service ) see Fan/hockey stories Vancouver Sun. /Province Sports / Winter games stories CNS-OLY-Fan.jpg [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver B.C. December 28, 2010 , 2010. Battling Hard Vancouver Canucks Tanner Glass flys toward the net against the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers arena in Vancouver, on December 28, 2010. Canucks won 6-2. (Mark van Manen/PNG) See Vancouver Sun/Brad Ziemer Sports -Province Sports Ben/Jason Botchford hockey stories [PNG Merlin Archive]
VANCOUVER , B.C.: — APRIL 15, 2010 Vancouver Canucks Fans go wild as they cheers for Mikael Samuelsson, 26, after he scored the opening goal of the playoff for the Canucks, against the Los Angeles Kings in game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs at G.M. Place. in Vancouver B.C. on April 15, 2010. Samuelsson went on to score the game winner in overtime. (Mark van Manen/PNG) (see Province/Sun Iain McIntrye /Pap sports -stories ) [PNG Merlin Archive]
August 1, 2010 Dejected Hastings Little league players shows their pain after losing 8-0 to Little Mountain in the B.C. Little League Championships tournament in New Westminster’s Moody Park, on August 1, 2010. Hre Brenden Melo, centre, 13, covers his face. The Little Mountain team will now go on to National finals. (Mark van Manen/PNG) see Terry Bell /Province -stories ) [PNG Merlin Archive]
WEST VANCOUVER B.C.. August 25, 2010. Celebrating the last days of summer Lois and sister Joelle Winkel with friend Jayla Toorinburgh milk the last minutes of a spectacular sunset, at West Vancouver’s Ambleside beach on August 24. Sadly for the lower mainland’s great run of sunshine is coming to an end this week. . (Mark van Manen/PNG) Cityside Sun/Province News stories ) [PNG Merlin Archive]
July 26, 2010 Spectacular full moon over the lower mainland hovers above a passenger jet ready to land at YVR in Vancouver on July 26 2010. The Moon is expected to still be showing with clear weather forecast. (Mark van Manen/PNG) see Full Moon / Sun Cityside -stories ) [PNG Merlin Archive]
Surrey B.C. September 3, 2013 Roaring for right reasons– Special Day honouring Veteran Vancouver Sun news photographer Ian Lindsay ( centre ) as Quarter back Travis Lulay 14 (centre left) and team members presented Lindsay with a autographed team jersey in recognition of his many years covering the B.C. LIONS. Lindsay 63, in currently battling cancer, and the club wanted to lift his spirits. Mark van Manen/PNG Staff see Mike Beamish Vancouver Sun Sports Stories and WEB. ***Trax #00023568B [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver B.C. June 13, 2011 Vancouver Canucks fans were on a roller coaster of emotions as they watch game 6 slip away in the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins , after being scored on 4 times in the first period, on June 13, 2011 in downtown Vancouver. (Mark van Manen/PNG) see Vancouver Sun /ProvinceNews and Sports stories (Mark van Manen/PNG) Trax # 00053751H 00053751G [PNG Merlin Archive]
Protesters taunt police on Granville street late into the night during a riot after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in game 7of the Stanley Cup n Vancouver, B.C. on June 15, 2011 (Mark van Manen/PNG) see Vancouver Sun Iain MacIntyre/ Jim Jamieson Ben Province Sports stories (Mark van Manen/PNG) Trax # 00053791AB [PNG Merlin Archive]
April 20, 2014 — Big Day to celebrate as thousand gathered in front of Vancouver Art Gallery to take part in the 420 Marijuana smoke in here in Vancouver on April 20, 2014. Mark van Manen/PNG Staff Photographer see- Ian Austin Province News /Vancouver Sun News & Web stories. [PNG Merlin Archive]
The Toronto F.C celebrates their overtime win against the Whitecaps in B.C. Place during the 2nd match in the Amway championship on May 14, 2014. Mark van Manen/PNG Staff Photographer see Marc Weber Province Sports Vancouver Sun Sports Gary Kingston / & Web stories.
Vancouver Canucks Frank Corrado 26, knocks the Los Angeles Kings Robyn Regehr 44 into the bench, in Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 12, 2015. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff Photographer see Brad Ziemer /Vancouver Sun /Province Sports [PNG Merlin Archive]
Richmond B.C. FULL OF LIFE– Activities abound in the redesigned Richmond Oval – the former home of Speed skating track during the 2010 Olympic Winter games. The large facility is now home to two ice rinks, basketball courts, a running track and workout area above in Richmond on January 9, 2014. Mark van Manen/PNG Staff see Roger W. Vancouver Sun News /& Web Stories [PNG Merlin Archive]
September 10, 2015 Legendary guitar virtuoso Mark Knopfler plays to a sold out crowd in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on September 10, 2015. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer. See François Marchand Entertainment stories Vancouver Sun / Province [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver B.C. December 22, 2015– Jumping into the holidays– Province reporter John Colebourn flys over a small jump atop of Grouse Mountain where Skiers and boarders are reveling in the fresh snow of good ski conditions in North Vancouver on December 22. 2015. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer see John Colebourn Province / News stories
August 17, 2015 Canadian teen Brooke Henderson 17, smiles and yawns during charity tournament today at the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Vancouver Golf club in Coquitlam B.C. on August 17, 2015. Henderson often yawned between shots after a big day winning her first LPGA tournament in Portland, U.S.A. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer see Vancouver Sun News / Sports / Brad Ziemer Sports [PNG Merlin Archive]
January 17, 2016 Colourful angles– Freighters at anchor in English Bay for a story on artists riding to China on freighters and creating art while they are “in residence” on the giant ships. here in Vancouver, , January 17, 2016. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer see Lora Grindlay Province News stories / and Web. stories. 00041283A
Vancouver B.C. March 10, 2016 Getting stronger in his new life 10 week old baby Sal Smaaslet, looks out from his great Aunts arms Rose Horan-Pachota, where the young boy was born premature, after his mother Breanne died after losing her battle with cancer in Surrey Hospital on March 10, 2016. The baby boys father Adam, also died suddenly. living the baby in loving care of his great Aunt on March 10, 2016. Mark van Manen /PNG Staff photographer see Peter Darbyshire Province /News Features /and Web. stories. 00042173A
North Vancouver B.C. July 19, 2016 Epic ride– reporter John Colebourn navigates his way in and around the dramatic surrounding of the Seymour mountain bike trails, including the Severed D route near the base of Mount Seymour in North Vancouver on July 19, 2016 . Mark van Manen/ PNG Staff photographer see **MAIN FRAME **** FOR John Colebourn /Vancouver Sun/ Province News Features and Web. stories 00044092C [PNG Merlin Archive] For a John Mackie story
July 24, 2016 — The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie and the band thrills fans at their concert in Rogers Arena in Vancouver on July 24 2016 The Hip’s 15-date, cross-Canada tour promoting the bands latest album, Man Machine Poem, was the announced in May, after learning that frontman Gord Downie had developed incurable brain cancer.
Coquitlam B.C. July 28, 2016 Difficult Day– left homeless after an apartment fire in the 500 block of Cottonwood Ave in Coquitlam on July 28th, 2016. Mark van Manen/ PNG Staff photographer see Tara Carman Province /Vancouver Sun/ News Province /stories and Web. 00044337A [PNG Merlin Archive]
Victoria B.C. September 24, 2016 Big day as Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will arrive in Victoria B.C. on Saturday for a week-long tour of B.C. and Yukon. Mark van Manen/ PNG Staff photographer Vancouver Sun/ Province News /stories and Web. 00045091A [PNG Merlin Archive]
October 19, 2016 Delights of fall were on full display this afternoon as many took in the magical colours of the leaves on Cambridge street in east Vancouver. Mark van Manen/ PNG Staff photographer [PNG Merlin Archive]
Surrey B.C.: December 20, 2016 Making their day special “Santa Claus” brightened the day for many paying an early visit to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Pediatric Unit on December 20th. Here young cancer patient Jithu Srikanth gets some words from Santa. The jolly man made his appearance by Helicopter landing on the roof of the hospital in style. Mark van Manen/ PNG Staff photographer see ***Main for *** Jenn Saltman Vancouver Sun/Province News / [PNG Merlin Archive]
Langley B.C. May 22 2017 Riding high — Saddle Bronc rider Cort Scheer flies wild through the air off his horse “Blue Feather” taking first place in the event, at the 71st annual Cloverdale Rodeo and country fair. Mark van Manen PNG Staff photographer [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver B.C. February 26, 2017 The Canucks for Kids Fund “Superskills” competition brought out out the colourful side of many Vancouver Canuck (here Alex Burrows 14 takes break ) players during the annual afternoon show of ice at Roger’s Arena. Mark van Manen PNG Staff photographer [PNG Merlin Archive]
Legendary Vancouver Sun Dance writer Max Wyman who covered the Arts for the Vancouver Sun and worked on the Canada Arts council reflects on his life with early newspaper portraits from his longtime home. Wyman 77 is having a award named after him. Mark van Manen PNG Staff photographer [PNG Merlin Archive]
Vancouver Sun photographer Mark van Manen in July 1979. Ken Oakes/Vancouver Sun [PNG Merlin Archive]
Van Manen died Saturday at Vancouver General Hospital after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 58.
Mark Richard van Manen was born on Aug. 11, 1960, in Vancouver. He was something of a boy wonder as a photographer, landing a job at The Sun before his 20th birthday.
“He spent his whole life there,” said former Sun photographer Bill Keay. “I remember him coming in the first day. Somehow he got friendly with (photographer) Brian Kent, and Brian Kent said, ‘Go on in.’ So he came in, and (head photographer) Charlie Warner said, ‘Take him to the darkroom and see what he knows.’ ”
Keay laughs: “And a star was born.”
Photographer Mark van Manen, foreground, covered a 1978 protest against the University of B.C. engineering students’ Lady Godiva Ride.
Van Manen was irrepressible, and utterly fearless. When he was sent to take a photo of boxer Mike Tyson at the airport, Tyson was so incensed that he trashed van Manen’s camera. Mark was undeterred, filing a shot of Tyson attacking a BCTV cameraman.
He would make people pose for shot after shot until he got it right. One time he was tapped to photograph Nivek Ogre, the singer in Vancouver’s gloom-and-doom noisemeisters Skinny Puppy.
Van Manen wanted him to smile. Ogre said he didn’t want to, that wasn’t his image. Van Manen cajoled him again and again (“C’mon pal, just a little smile, c’mon pal”) for several minutes until it got so ridiculous that Ogre laughed. And van Manen got his photo.
Boxer Mike Tyson grabs a cameraman’s equipment in Vancouver, Jan. 11, 1989.
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“He was never early for anything, but oh my God, he turned everything off when he did a picture,” said Keay. “All he saw was the background, foreground and the subject, and it was all in focus for him. Nobody else was near him, nothing else was happening, that was what was in his head. It was total, absolute total (attention to the) picture.”
Van Manen was also a technical whiz.
“He is the master of outdoor lighting, where you’ve got the sun right behind the subject, hitting their hair and everything,” said Keay. “He backlit a lot of the subjects, because he wanted them to stand out. He was the master of that backlighting. Everybody tried it after they saw his pictures, but nothing ever came out like his.”
Van Manen loved to shoot rock shows. He caught the pomp of Freddie Mercury at Queen’s concert at The Coliseum in 1982, took a number of great photos of Mick Jagger over the years, and was proud of his shot of Bryan Adams meeting Lady Diana backstage at Expo 86.
Mark Van Manen’s photo of Bryan Adams with Princess Diana backstage after the opening gala at Expo ’86 in May, 1986. Prince Charles is in the distance.
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In his private life, van Manen lived in Lions Bay and was an avid skier and golfer. He co-owned a boat with his close friend and fellow Sun photographer Ian Lindsay. When Ian died, also from cancer, he left money to upgrade to a bigger boat that Mark shared with Ian’s son Paul. They called it the Kodachrome.
Van Manen is survived by his girlfriend, Heide Eden, aunt Doris Coleman and uncle Alex Cook. A celebration of his life is being planned.
There should be some good stories there, like the time Mark was sent to photograph former U.S. president Bill Clinton at GM Place Stadium.
“Clinton came to town for one of those famous live things,” said Ballance. “They’ve got all of the media in a bullpen, dead-centre at the back on the floor. Everybody’s there, and I’m watching the manoeuvring in this tiny little bullpen. And then I see Mark come in.
Vancouver Sun photographer Mark van Manen in 2005.
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“It was a classic van Manen. He comes in late and everybody else is set up. He takes one look and goes over to the GM Place staff. His arms start waving and he holds up his lanyard. ‘If you want Bill Clinton on the cover of The Vancouver Sun tomorrow you’d better do this!’
“This goes on for about 10 minutes and is escalating up the chain. From where I was sitting I could see from behind the curtain. And I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s actually activated the Secret Service.’
“These two typical Secret Service come down. I thought, ‘If he pulls out the lanyard to these Secret Service I’m going to buy him a bottle of wine, because this is the best thing I’ve ever seen.’ Sure enough he’s holding up the lanyard, arms flailing.
“The amazing thing is, after 15 minutes they literally allow the media to move the bullpen. So Mark walks them over there, and gets the best position! And the guys that have been sitting there for an hour-and-a-half to get their little piece of elbow room end up at the back.”
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Mark van Manen’s shot of Clayoquot Sound logging protesters gathered at daybreak on July 7, 1993.
An example of Mark van Manen’s ‘backlit’ photos, featuring Alanna Hendren, CEO of the Developmental Disabilities Association.
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Mark van Manen’s photo from a 1984 belly-flop contest.
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To get this shot of PNE managers Anne Barbosa and Donald Lee, Mark van Manen ‘borrowed’ hundreds of extras from a movie shoot for the background.
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Mark van Manen would carefully set up shots, like this one of travel consultant Claire Newell posing underneath a jet taking off at Vancouver airport.
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Mark van Manen’s photo of Freddie Mercury of Queen fame onstage at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum on June 30, 1980.
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Developer Peter Wall liked Mark van Manen’s photos so much he wanted Van Manen to take all of Wall’s photos for The Vancouver Sun. This is from 2001.
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Mark van Manen loved to use light, such as this Sept. 3, 2012, shot of a ride at the PNE.
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Mark van Manen shot Mick Jagger several times, including this Oct. 15, 1981, photo in Seattle.
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Mark van Manen was an avid skier. This shot of Province reporter John Colebourn was taken at Grouse Mountain on Dec. 22, 2015.
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Mark van Manen captured saddle-bronc rider Cort Scheer flying through the air after being bucked off at the Cloverdale Rodeo in 2017.
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A Mark van Manen photo of Gord Downie at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on July 24, 2016.
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On March 30, 2010, Mark van Manen photographed Vancouver architect Michael Green inside a washroom he designed built with old paperback books.
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Mark van Manen was a master of time-exposure shots taken at night, such as this 2009 photo of the Hotel Pennsylvania neon sign at Carrall and Hastings streets.
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Vancouver Sun photographer Mark van Manen in 1990.
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When Dal Richards was named an Olympic torch bearer in 2010, Mark Van Manen photographed him holding his clarinet like a torch.