Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival enlightens audiences for the month of May

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997, the Festival is now a charitable organization and presents a diverse range of programs throughout the community.

This year’s Festival presents a spectrum of primary exhibitions and public installations, drawn together to exemplify the extraordinary breadth and scope of photo-based imagery today. Collaborating with partners across Toronto, this succession of shows includes some of the earliest examples of photographic documentation, as well as recently commissioned images shown for the first time. Although the projects embody more than 170 years of the practice and highly disparate philosophical and technical concerns, several common threads bind them together.

On buildings, billboards, and subway platforms or in major museums and galleries, the images in this year’s Festival  transform the experience of the city. Painterly or sculptural, abstract or representational, still or moving, ephemeral or enduring, each of them are innovations of photography, regardless of whether they were captured by a camera, cut from a magazine, output by a computer, exposed under the sun, or printed in a darkroom.

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