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article imageScotiabank CONTACT Photography Festive launches in Toronto Special

By KJ Mullins     May 2, 2013 in Entertainment
Toronto - From our first breath to the last goodbyes our lives are a collection of photographs. We learn about our world from the images that others take, showing us the beauty of nature and the horrors of war.
During May Toronto is home to the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
On Wednesday CONTACT launched this year's month long festival of photography in Toronto at MOCCA (The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art). The world's largest event, CONTACT showcases the works of over 1,000 artists at over 175 venues throughout the city.
Since 1997 CONTACT has been part of Toronto's cultural scene. Jane Nokes, Director of the Scotiabank Fine Art’s Archives, said that Scotiabank has been very proud to support the annual festival. Nokes, a true advocate of the arts wrote the policies for Scotiabank's Fine Arts programs in 1975 including photography in the policy. It was a milestone as many did not equate photography with fine art at the time. Still today it's unsettling for many of the artists to walk into a book store and see that photography is in a different location that other art books.
Bonnie Rubenstein, the Artistic Director of the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, spoke at the morning media preview about the three presentations at MOCCA including Michael Snow: The Viewing of Six New Works. Snow's digital work may explores his vision of how the eye approaches a images on the wall.
Ryerson Image Centre Director Doina Popescu said that she believes that Snow is one of Canada's most important contemporary artists. Of his exhibit at MOCCO Popescu said that it is an extraordinary view that only Snow could capture in the way that it is presented.
Darcy Killeen, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Executive Director, said that this year's theme "Field of Vision" shows the powerful works of the artists involved with the shows.
Three of this year's featured artists also spoke about their works on exhibit this year.
Dutch artist Erik Kessels’ exhibition 24hrs in Photography, on view at the CONTACT Gallery May 1–June 15. Kessel's work is a collection of 350,000 photographs that were uploaded to the site Flickr in a single day. The photos capture the full range of photography from proud parents showing off their newborns to the harshness of war. Each picture is a story in and of itself but the massive collection also shows how we have been so immersed in images because of today's technology that we sometimes only give a picture a quick glimpse instead of focusing on those stories.
Andrew Wright's Penumbra takes us to the Arctic tundra capturing the beauty of this land that few are able to venture to. Wright allows us to see the spaces that exist between the light and the shadow in unconventional ways.
Sebastião Salgado discussed his newest exhibition, GENESIS, showing at the Royal Ontario Museum. The work is a collection of photography taken over an eight year period from across the globe. Salgado is one of the world's most important photojournalists, telling the stories that allow us to know more about each other. He told the audience that Canadians need to look at home more because this nation has some of the most beautiful images that the globe has to offer.
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