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My Name is Joshua Peter Grafstein but you can call me Jashua.
With the initials JPG, it seems that I was destined for a career in digital photography.

I was born in Toronto in the 80’s′s but only spent the first few months of my life in Canada. When I was just a baby my family moved to Highland Park, a suburb outside of Chicago, where my mom grew up. I spent most of my childhood playing around infront of my mom’s camera in her photography studio. Once I entered High School she gave me my first SLR. It was also around this time that I began studying film production, graphic design, and photography at High school. I took photos for the yearbook; wrote, directed and edited short films, photographed my friends bands playing garage shows; and attended summer film production courses at Columbia College and UCLA. I knew from a very early age that I wanted a career in pictures, either as a cinematographer, or as a Concert photographer.

After high school I was very fortunate to have been accepted to the University of British Columbia , and because I am extremely lucky to be a dual citizen of both the United States and Canada, I was able to enroll as a Canadian student at the University of British Columbia. I moved to Vancouver in the fall of 2005 and have been here for almost 10 years. Since moving to Vancouver in 2005, I have made a name for myself as a Concert and Nightlife photographer. In the fall of 2008 I co-founded theFUTURISTS.ca. which started out as a way for me to bring my camera to concerts, night clubs, and hipster parties and turned into a full time gig. It was also around that time that I changed my name on facebook to Jashua because my friends started calling me  “Jashua from Chicaago” and it because an easy way to find me and my work online. Since starting theFUTURISTS in 2008 I have been busy taking photos every weekend. worked with bands, promoters, venues, record labels, and magazines all around Vancouver and the pacific northwest.

 


EDUCATION

Emily Carr University of Art and Design 2007 – 2010
BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS – PHOTOGRAPHY

Previously Attended:
University of British Columnia – 2005 – 2007
3 years undergraduate studies – Film Studies, Photography + Digital Art, Art History, and General Studies
University of California Los Angeles – 2003
Summer Program – Digital Film Production
Columbia College – 2002
Summer Program – 16mm Film Production
Highland Park High School – 2001 – 2005
High School Diploma – Studied Photography, Film Production, Theatre Tech, and Graphic Design

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

LindsaysDiet.com – Contributing Photographer
September 2014 – Present

The Donnelly Group – Resident Nightclub Photographer
March 2013 – Present

This Is Blueprint – Pub Photographer
March 2012 – March 2013

Electric Owl Social Club – Resident Photographer
November 2012 – July 2013

Beatroute Magazine – Online Editor/Videographer/Photographer
December 2011 – Present

Borderless World – Digital Asset Manager
October 2011 – Present

 MSH Sessions  
– Videographer/Photographer
November 2009 – December 2013

Future Shop – Digital Imaging Product Specialist
October 2010 – January 2011

theFUTURISTS.ca Founder/Photography Editor/Videographer
September 2008 – September 2014

 

AWARDS

President’s Entrance Scholarship – University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC 2006
Emerging Visual Artist – Highland Park Chamber of Commerce – Highland Park, IL 2005
National Graphic Design Award – Imation Enterprises – Minneapolis, MN 2003

 

CLIENTS

The Donnelly Group
This Is Blueprint Management

Soulgood Events
Olio Festival
Donnelly Hospitality Management
Beatroute Magazine
Public Dreams Society
604 Records
Light Organ Records
Dangerbird Records
StyleCanvas Magazine
Nightbat
Sony Music Canada
Lotus Yoga Wear
INQ Mobile