Contact Photography Festival 2011

No dead cameras here

Cameras may die everyday but NOT in Toronto for the Contact Photography Festival!

Never fear. Photography is alive and well in Toronto.

The launch parties have started in earnest and photo junkies are getting set for Toronto’s annual photography festival – Contact. It’s a field day (all month-of-May-long) for any photography enthusiast and everyone else alike.This non-profit event showcases the work of more than 1,000 artists who will exhibit their work at over 160 venues so chances are, you’ll be able to check SOMETHING out – even while just out and about. And if you happen to be travelling around the country during the event, keep a lookout for some public installations in urban areas across Canada this year.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the artists who will be participating in this year’s theme of Figure and Ground:

Chris Boyne

Chris Boyne, Stillwater, 2009 - Photo Courtesy Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival 2011

Scarlett Hooft Graafland

Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Wrapped, 2007 - Photo Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

Lee Goreas

Lee Goreas, The Happy Hooker - 2010, Photo Courtesy of Birch Libralato

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky, Oxford Tire Pile #8, Westley, California, USA, 1999, Photo © Edward Burtynsky, Photo Courtesy Nicholas Metivier, Toronto

Steve Sherman

Steve Sherman, Untitled - Photo courtesy Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival 2011

Diana Thorneycroft

Diana Thorneycroft, Group of Seven Awkward Moments - The West Wind, 2008 - Photo Courtesy Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival 2011

Check out their schedule or download their mobile app for easy gallery/venue-hopping. Let me know if you make it!

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