John Vanderpant (1884-1939) born in Alkmaar, Netherlands, was a photojournalist who immigrated to southern Alberta in 1911. In 1919, he moved to New Westminster where he opened a portrait studio, subsequently moving to Vancouver. He became internationally recognized in the 1920s and 1930s for his black and white bromide prints and his modernist views of surfaces, industrial views and still-life studies of vegetables.
He quickly achieved acclaim, won awards, and solo exhibitions of his works toured the United States, Great Britain, and Europe. A fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, he also wrote and lectured widely. In 1976, Charles Hill published a catalogue of Vanderpant’s work and curated a solo show for the National Gallery of Canada and in 1995 Underlying Vibrations: The Photography and Life of John Vanderpant was published.