CONTACT Portfolio Reviews 2015

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March 10, 2015
  Cheryl Newman of The Telegraph Magazine reviewing work by Valerian Mazataud, May 2014

CONTACT 2015 Portfolio Reviews
May 3 & May 4 at The Gladstone Hotel

Registration is now open! Click here

CONTACT is accepting submissions from artists and photographers with well-developed projects to participate in the 2015 Portfolio Reviews. 

International experts in the field of photography are brought together for two days during CONTACT to review the work by those with a focus mainly on narrative, photo-based art practices, documentary, and photojournalism. This year CONTACT will present a series of related events, such as lectures, workshops and a performance, that focus on the photobook and the publishing industry.

This is an important program for artists and photographers with projects at advanced stages of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting--as well as for those looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice.

2015 Reviewers include:
Bruno CeschelSelf Publish, Be Happy, London; Joanne Junga Yang, Y&G Art, Seoul; Sophie Hackett, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Olivier Laurent, TIME LightBox, New York; Dewi LewisDewi Lewis Publishing, London; Moritz NeumüllerPhotoIreland, Dublin; Susana Reisman & Claire SykesCircuit Gallery, Toronto; Bonnie RubensteinScotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto; Maarten SchiltSchilt Publishing & Schilt Publishing Gallery, Amsterdam; Hannamari ShakyaRaw View Magazine, Helsinki; 
Jonathan Shaughnessy, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

The fee is $200 for four reviews. For further information, and to register, visit or inquire at
Supported by Ontario Arts Council and Vistek. This program was created to support and advance the careers of talented artists and photographers. 

Community News:

Ryerson Image Centre Symposium
Photography Historians: A New Generation? highlights the most current research in the history of photography, bringing emerging scholars from universities worldwide to speak about their areas of study, their methods and their findings. This rising group of young photo-historians will engage in dialogue with prominent academics, revealing how contemporary historical inquiry sits within--and departs from--established traditions. The Symposium is organized by the Ryerson Image Centre with support from Ryerson University's School of Image Arts.

 The Symposium is free to attend, and takes place March 26-28 at Ryerson University. For more information, visit the Ryerson website

Film Screening
CONTACT is pleased to co-present a screening of the film "The Salt of the Earth" at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. This film follows the photographer Sebastião Salgado across continents as he builds a new masterwork on climate change, one breath-taking image at a time. Salgado's eye as an artist is second to none in the world of photojournalism.
Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
2014, 110min

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Human Rights Watch Film Festival website.

Volunteer Opportunities
Our friends at Hot Docs are seeking volunteers for the upcoming festival, and are also hosting an information session on volunteering in Toronto's cultural sector on March 14. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet and become part of a growing network of filmmakers, students and film lovers and to develop their skills and gain experience through North America's largest documentary film festival. For more information, visit the Hot Docs website.

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Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
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CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 and granted charitable status in 2011, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Torys LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto Image Works, Kronenbourg, The Gilder, Stratus Vineyards, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Hotel Le Germain, The Gladstone Hotel, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, and BlogTO.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Street Art Toronto, Canada Council for the Arts, the Hal Jackman Foundation, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.

CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS – 918 Bathurst’s The Dark Room 3.0: 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT

Calling all analog and alternative process photographers!

CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS – 918 Bathurst’s The Dark Room 3.0:  An Open Exhibition of the 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Submission Deadline Friday March 28, 2014, 5 PM EST

Submission Form and requirements available at 

The Dark Room 3.0 is a group exhibition celebrating analog and alternative process photography, bringing together emerging and established artists who are preserving the knowledge and practices of classic photography and testing the boundaries of this art form.  

Processes under consideration will include 35 mm photography or other film negatives, pinhole, wet plate, silver gelatin, platinum prints, lomography, photogram, and others.

An initial preview reception on April 24, 2014 will allow members of the public and an invited jury to vote and select the works to be shown during the official two-week exhibition from May 2-15.  Artists selected for the two-week exhibition will be eligible for cash awards, prizes and a solo gallery show generously provided by our sponsors and partners, and awarded at a closing reception on May 15.

Key Dates:

Call for Artist Submissions Deadline:  Friday March 28, 2014
Public Preview Celebration & Voting:  Thurs April 24, 12pm-11pm
Exhibition Dates:  Friday May 2 – Thursday May 15
Closing Reception:  Thursday May 15
Location:  Gallery 918 at 918 Bathurst, Toronto