Michel Huneault, July 6, 20 hours after the explosion, 2013

Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award goes to Michel Huneault

 At the CONTACT 2014 Portfolio Reviews, Michel Huneault presented La longue nuit de Mégantic, a series about the trauma and grief in the community of Lac-Mégantic in the wake of a train explosion in July 2013 that killed 47 people. Huneault began work on the project right after the incident, and has made 12 visits to the community to continue it. 

The jury was highly impressed by Huneault's in-depth exploration of this sensitive and highly charged subject. As a result of the award, Huneault will mount a solo exhibition in the CONTACT Gallery in early 2015. See more of his work at www.michelhuneault.com

Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award

One artist will be awarded with a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery in January 2015. The award includes a $1000 credit at Vistek, and a $2500 credit at Toronto Image Works. Chosen by a jury of international professionals in the field of photography, this award recognizes outstanding work presented at the Portfolio Reviews. The program was created to support and advance the careers of talented emerging photographers. 

Review Days

Sunday May 4 & Monday May 5, 2014
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W 
10am – 5pm 
$200 for 4 reviews

Curators and directors, publishers and photo editors are brought together during CONTACT to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.  

This is an important event for artists with projects at advances stages 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.

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

Related Events

Portfolio Night & Cocktail Reception
Monday May 5, 7pm
Artists and photographers are given the opportunity to share their work in an open forum with reviewers and invited local professionals. 

Stories and Pictures
Tuesday May 6, 6pm
Join James Estrin from the New York Times and Cheryl Newman from the Telegraph for an evening of lively discussions about identity and documentary today. The evening will also include a Q&A with members of the Boreal Collective moderated by Shelbie Vermette, Director of Photography, The Grid

Stay for the afterparty with the band Das Piumas.
Presented with the Boreal Collective. 

Thank you to Grolsch premium lager for supporting these events.

2014 Reviewers include 

Mauro Bedoni Photo Editor, COLORS, Treviso, 

Matthew Brower Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Toronto

Laurence Butet-Roch Photo Editor, Polka, Paris

Johan Hallberg-Campbell International Board of Editors, Photo Raw, Helsinki

Federica Chiocchetti Independent Curator and Founder, Photocaptionist, London

Tim Clark Editor-in-Chief and Director, 1000 Words, London

Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw Editor, Exposure, Los Angeles

James Estrin Senior Staff Photographer, New York Times, New York

Kristen Gresh Assistant Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cheryl Newman Photography Director, The Telegraph Magazine, London

Bonnie Rubenstein Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto

Jonathan Shaughnessy Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Stefano Stoll Director, Images Festival, Vevey

Amber Terranova Freelance Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker, New York

Shelbie Vermette Director of Photography, The Grid, Toronto   

Fu Xiaodong Independent Curator, Beijing

Past Reviewers 

Sheyi Bankale, Next Level Magazine; Els Barents, Huis Marseille;
 Alexa Becker,Kehrer Verlag Publishers;
 Melissa Bennett, Art Gallery of Hamilton;
 Lise Beaudry, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography;
 Stephen Bulger, Stephen Bulger Gallery;
 MaryAnn Camilleri,Magenta Foundation;
 Bruno Ceschel, Publisher; Chris Boot, Publisher; Song Chong, Milk Gallery; 
Louise Clements, Format Photography Festival; Bridget Coaker, Guardian, Observer, Troika Editions;
 Jacques Doyon, Magazine Ciel Variable; Jim Goldberg, Magnum Photos;
 Clarie Grafik, The Photographer's Gallery; Sophie Hackett, Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario; Veronique Terrier Hermann, Else Magazine; Caroline Hunter, Guardian Magazine; Karen Irvine, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College; 
Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine;
 Min-Jung Jonsson, Fotografiska;
 Robert Pledge, Contact Press Images; Natalie Matutschovsky, Time Magazine; Karen McQuaid, The Photographer's Gallery; Brian Morgan, Walrus Magazine; Alison Devine Nordstrom, George Eastman House; Arianna Rinaldo, OjodePez Magazine;
 Brett Rogers, Photographers’ Gallery; Kim Simon, Gallery TPW;
 Poppy Shibamoto, Monocle Magazine; Urs Stahel, Fotomuseum Winterthur; 
Maia-Mari Sutnik, Art Gallery of Ontario;
 Larry Towell, Magnum Photos; Meeka Walsh, Border Crossings Magazine; Denise Wolff, Aperture Foundation;
 Bryce Wolkowitz, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery; 
Paul Wombell, Independent Curator.