CONTACT 2017 Portfolio Reviews

CONTACT is now accepting submissions from photo-based artists with well-developed projects to participate in the 2017 Portfolio Reviews program.

International curators, directors, publishers, and photo editors are brought together during CONTACT to review work by emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism, narrative or photo-based art practices. Those with projects at an advanced stage of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally, as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice are encouraged to participate.

The Gladstone Hotel, Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8, 2017

Registration closes April 24, 2017. Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process to ensure that a high caliber of work is presented in this program.

Photographs from the Akin / MOCA Contact Festival Gallery Crawl

Photographs from the last Akin Projects gallery crawl. Thanks to all the galleries, Cooper Cole, Angell Gallery, Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects, Erin Stump Projects, AC Repair Co. and Division Gallery. Also a big thanks to everyone who joined us throughout the sunny afternoon, and Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada for partnering with us on the event!  Stay tuned to our events calendar and Facebook group for future gallery crawls and other fun events!

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OUTREACH is our award-winning education program designed specifically for youth from underserved communities, using photography as a medium of creative self-expression. OUTREACH breaks down barriers to the arts and encourages youth to develop their creative voice and understand the power of the photographic image. Through OUTREACH, Gallery 44 works in collaboration with community organizations to offer black and white photography workshops to over 50 young people in the G.T.A. The workshops have a different thematic focus each year, which guides the youth from concept, through to production and exhibition at Gallery 44.
Every year, Gallery 44 awards two participants from our OUTREACH program, the David Barker Maltby Award in keeping with his commitment to education, community activism and documentary photography.  Award winners, nominated by instructors and selected by a committee, have excelled within the OUTREACH program.  Recipients are awarded based on their talent and commitment to continuing with their arts practice.
Through the OUTREACH program, Gallery 44 provides photography education outside of the formal school system and builds relationships with other non-profit community organizations by offering photography workshops free of charge to youth. These workshops are designed to meet the specific needs of each youth group involved, and are taught by qualified photographers who have a personal relationship with each community organization. 


Workshops are  led by professional artists and skilled arts educators 
Ages 4-12  |  Free (Suggested donation of $5)  |  Drop-in (RSVP not required)

Photo Journey: Photography on the Street with Oliver Pauk

MAY 24 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Keeping in theme with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s month of photography, MOCCA will lead a photographic scavenger hunt in the museum and surrounding neighbourhood.
Participants will be supplied with disposable film cameras and upon completing the workshop, MOCCA will mail out the printed photos.
Workshop led by artist, Oliver Pauk.
Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.
For more information contact Michael Vickers, 416-395-7436

Mini MOCCA is generously supported by

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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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.


logo Call for Submissions:
The Dark Room 4.0

A crowd-sourced, group exhibition celebrating
alternative process and analog photography in the digital age.

Randy Grskovic, Demi-Verite A, 2014

Submission Deadline: Friday March 13, 2015, 5 pm EST
Submission form and requirements available at:

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts Media and Education is seeking submissions for our fourth annual The Dark Room 4.0. This exhibition celebrates analogue and alternative process photography, and the intriguing work these methods produce.

Photographers using analogue and alternatives to digital photographic processes are invited to submit their work. This includes film negatives, pinhole, collodion/wet plate, silver gelatin, platinum prints, camera obscura, lomography, photograms, or other experimental uses of the wet/dark room.

The exhibition consists of two distinct components: On April 23, all accepted submissions will be displayed at Gallery 918 in a public showcase and celebration. During this event, both the public and our invited jury will select the photographs to be shown during our official two-week exhibition from May 5 – 29. Artists selected for this exhibition will be eligible for awards provided by our sponsors and partners, including Rizzoli Books.

Call for Artist Submissions Deadline: Friday March 13, 2015 by 5 pm EST

Public Preview Celebration and Voting: Thursday April 23, 12 pm – 11 pm

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, May 5 – Friday, May 29

Closing Reception and Awards: Friday, May 29

Location: Gallery 918 at 918 Bathurst, Toronto, 416-538-0868

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The Dark Room 3.0: a crowd-sourced, group exhibition celebrating alternative process and analog photography in the digital age


Come to 918 Bathurst on Thursday April 24 from 12 noon to 11 pm to vote for your favourite works from our selection of submissions for The Dark Room 3.0!
The Dark Room 3.0 is an Open Exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, showcasing and celebrating the art of analog and alternative process photography.
We’ve gathered 150 works from emerging and established artists who are preserving the knowledge and practices of classic photography and testing the boundaries of this art form.  Processes on display will include 35 mm film, pinhole, uranotype, Polaroid, wet plate, silver gelatin, cyanotype, platinum prints and more!
Our Preview Celebration on April 24 will be your chance to decide which of these works get to be displayed during our official two-week exhibition from May 2-15! Artists selected for the two-week exhibition will be eligible for cash prizes and awards generously provided by our sponsors and partners.

Public Preview Celebration & Voting:  Thurs April 24, 12 noon – 11 pm
Exhibition Dates:  Friday May 2 – Thursday May 15
Gallery hours 11 am – 4 pm, and to 8 pm on Fridays
Closing & Awards Reception:  Thursday May 15
Location:  Gallery 918 at 918 Bathurst, Toronto

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