Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival

The website for the 2009 CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival—taking place throughout the month of May—is now live: This year's theme is STILL REVOLUTION. According to the festival website, "CONTACT 2009 examines how each significant innovation in photography’s evolution has radically altered the creation and consumption of images, irrevocably changing the history of visual representation."

CONTACT features a variety of photography shows—featured exhibitions and open exhibitions—at a number of venues, including the Stephen Bulger Gallery, the Drake Hotel, the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gladstone Hotel and many others. It also encompasses public installations at places like Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Royal Ontario Museum, and various TTC Subway Stations. Moreover the festival is hosting film screenings on Saturday afternoon and films on photography are being aired by TVO, including documentaries on Edward Burtynsky ("Manufactured Landscapes"), Annie Leibovitz ("Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens") and Helmut Newton ("Stars by Helmut Newton"). There are also series of lectures, a photography workshop, and other events.

The launch party and opening of the festival's primary exhibition is being held from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday, May 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), 952 Queen Street West.

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