LAW LIBRARY level 3: K129 .C53 2019
Norman K Clark & Lisa M Walker Johnson, Sustainable Profitability in a Disrupted Legal Market (Woking: Globe Law and Business Ltd , 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K2400 .W43 2018
Thomas H. Webster, Handbook of UNCITRAL Arbitration, 3d ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3820 .Q74 2019
Asif H. Qureshi & Andreas R. Ziegler, International Economic Law, 4th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD938 .S94 2019
Angela Sydenham, Public Rights of Way: The Essential Law (London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1859 .B57 2019
John Birds, Birds’ Modern Insurance Law, 11th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE933 .S65 2019
Elliot A. Smith, The Canadian Construction Contracts Guidebook (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF3775 .B635 2018
Mary Anne Bobinski et al., Bioethics and Public Health Law, 4th ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF3775.Z9 F56 2019
Daniel A. Farber & Sho Sato, Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 10th ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2019).

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Peter Lyons, Advocacy: A Practical Guide (London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2019).

Roberto. Photographed by Mihailo Subotic

This summer, students may see some unfamiliar faces on campus, and deliberately so. UBC Library has partnered with local non-profit 2 Paycheques Away.. to bring an exceptional and striking photography exhibit to two library locations. The exhibit aims to bring the campus and Vancouver communities a little closer together and facilitates portrayals of spirited and resilient individuals from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), by displaying their portraits and stories as shared during their visit to the barber.

2 Paycheques Away.. is the brainchild of Vancouver-based barber and musician Alysha Osborne. In her early teens, Osborne learned that her stepmother had run away from home and ended up in Vancouver in her early twenties, addicted to heroin and working as a prostitute in Vancouver’s DTES. Osborne struggled to reconcile how someone she admired so much and who was a beloved family member, mentor, and parent had lived that life. “I came to realize that my stepmother and I were not that different, and that I, with just a little worse luck, could have landed in the same spot,” she explains.

Giving back to the community

Osborne was working in Gastown and had been wanting to give back to the DTES community for some time, but was unsure how she could contribute in a meaningful way. “The idea for 2 Paycheques Away.. came to me during a trip to the North American Hair Awards. I was watching all these pictures going up on the screen and I put two and two together and had an epiphany/meltdown. I turned to my husband and said: ‘I know exactly what I want to do’.”

When Osborne returned to Vancouver, she reached out to portrait photographer Mihailo Subotic, whom she met working in the same building, about the idea. “I explained to Mihailo that I wanted the pictures to be real with no special lighting or crazy editing so you could just really see the people. He showed me the work of a couple of photographers he knew that used a similar style and understood exactly what I was looking for.”

Rebuilding bridges and relationships

The two began capturing community members during their trips to the barber and learning more about their individual stories — stories of people like Roberto who lost his sense of smell when a grenade detonated near him during his home country of El Salvador’s civil war and moved to Vancouver in 1983 or Angie, from Six Nations, Ontario who moved to Vancouver to join two of her brothers and try something new.

The project was eventually developed into a book where it caught the attention of a friend of Subotic, Melany Lund, who also happened to be a circulation assistant at UBC Library. “My friend’s ears perked up when I told her about this project,” he says, “She came to the book launch and suggested we get in touch with Rare Books and Special Collections because it was so unique.”

Mihailo Subotic and Alysha Osborne

Bringing 2 Paycheques Away.. to campus

The library acquired a copy of the book for the university’s rare books collection, but saw an opportunity to do more. Inspired by the UBC Learning Exchange’s two-way learning model that ensures knowledge also flows from the community back into the university, Katherine Kalsbeek, Head of Rare Books and Special Collections and Aleteia Greenwood, Head of the Woodward Library proposed an exhibition of photographs and stories in UBC Library spaces. Their backgrounds and experiences informed their interest in using UBC spaces as a platform to open minds and shift perspectives. “Hosting this exhibition on campus allows these stories to reach a broader audience and reach people who might not see them otherwise,” says Greenwood, “The Library is committed to meaningful engagement and knowledge exchange with the community.”

Osborne and Subotic are just as thrilled to bring their work to UBC, “Young minds change the world and we want them to see these photos and know these people,” says Osborne.

Osborne and Subotic are grateful for the awareness that working on the project has brought them and hope that the exhibit helps to broaden that awareness. “We’ve learned so much about the issues and problems that the DTES community and neighbourhood is facing,” says Osborne, “We hope this exhibit will help raise that kind of awareness on campus.”


The exhibit will run in the Woodward Library and Ike’s Café in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre until the end of 2019 and will move downtown to the UBC Learning Exchange in early 2020.

View the 2 Paycheques Away.. book in the library’s collection.
Copies of the book are also available for purchase at the UBC Bookstore.

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