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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Photography Festival in Toronto

A belated heads-up that Toronto's annual photo festival, Contact 2006, is underway. Now in its tenth edition, the festival lasts for the entire month of May, and encompasses a wide range of exhibitions, lectures, films, and other related events at venues around the city. I had the pleasure of visiting Toronto during the 1999 event, and spent a very enjoyable couple of days exploring the city and poking my head into photo exhibits tucked into all sorts of places—big museums, boutique art galleries, universities, cultural organizations, a public library, a camera store, even a bank lobby here and there. Well worth a visit if you're within hailing distance.

Posted by: OREN GRAD


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This year's Contact festival is really quite excellent. It's been interesting to see the festival grow over the years, to the point where it's actually quite a big deal now with the general public (rather than being limited to the art establishment and photo enthusiasts). A still photography festival will probably never reach the same popular appeal as a film festival (like the Toronto Film Festival, which completely owns the city each September), but there are literally hundreds of shows scattered around Toronto that are both officially and unofficially associated with Contact.

I've been to a couple of openings so far, and although the exhibits are a mixed bag (everything from first-time amateurs to recent art school grads to established pros), I'd say that most of the installations are well worth the time. The artists have put a lot of effort into their shows, and it really, er, shows.

That, plus many openings have free beer... ;-)

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Blogger Will said...

I'd like to mention that I attended the APUG conference ( as part of this festival. Elevator Gallery (which hosted) had some really wonderful work exhibited.

I also got to see about 30-40 really truly excellent prints from some people who are definitely master photographers and printers including Michael A Smith, Paula Chamlee, and Les McClean. There is no substitute for seeing the real prints first hand. They are truly beautiful pieces of art.

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