It is with much sadness that we post the news of the passing of Evange (Angie) Apostolides, our great leader and the owner of Beau Photo.
Born July 1st, 1932 in Tsakones, Pella, Greece, Angie immigrated to Canada in 1951 and settled in Vancouver. After learning English mainly from children’s books, he worked for Campbell’s Studio before opening Atlas Studio with the help of his brother Basil. In 1962 he opened Evangelos Photography in the Hotel Vancouver, which he relocated to West Broadway in 1967. He photographed dignitaries and celebrities including Queen Elizabeth, Louis Armstrong and Bob Hope as well as local politicians, Vancouver society, many Greek weddings, nursing graduates and students. He served as president of the Professional Photographers of British Columbia for two years, was a founding board member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, was on the board of directors that established the photography program at Langara College, became a lifetime member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, was a member of the Professional Photographers of America where he earned a Master of Photography in 1972, and won numerous awards for his portrait work and his service to the photographic community. The Professional Photographers of B.C. awarded him Photographer of the Year in 1965.
In 1982, Angie and three partners started Beau Photo Supplies, which Angie became the sole owner of in 1999. With Angie’s vision and guidance, Beau Photo has become the unique shop you know today. Over the years, he has been a friend and mentor to many of us at Beau, and to other photographers in Vancouver. His humour, advice and support will be greatly missed. In Beau Photo, he has left a legacy that will carry on as strong as ever and we look forward to supporting all of you, our loyal customers and friends, as well as he did for the past 39 years.
He passed away peacefully at his home in Vancouver on July 14, 2021. Services will be held at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 4500 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC. There will be a prayer service on July 28 at 7PM and the funeral service on July 29 at 10:30AM
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada in Angie’s name. https://kidney.ca
Angie has been in print as well! This is a short biography from “In Focus” magazine, the Professional Photographers of BC publication.
Here is a poster from the exhibition of Angie’s work that we had on display here in the shop in 2019. There are some stories about what inspired him, and his experiences photographing at the Hotel Vancouver.
Click on the above image to open a gallery in a new window or tab, with just a few of Angie’s best known images of people he photographed in his studio at the Hotel Vancouver.
Click on the above image to open a gallery in a new window or tab, with photos of Angie over the years, always involved in photography in some form. The portrait series against the blue-grey background are from the opening that was held when we mounted an exhibition of his work in 2019. It was a great turnout and everyone wanted a photo with the celebrity Angie.
We would love to hear your stories about Angie. We know they are out there, he’s done so many things for the photographic community in Vancouver and many of you got to know him. Please share your memories in the comments below.