CONTACT inspires communities through the power of photography

Established in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization celebrating the art and profession of photography. Committed to cultivating an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, CONTACT builds community by providing a platform for dynamic collaborations and productive engagement between Canadian and international photographers, curators, partner organizations, and audiences, locally and globally. In both its annual Festival and in its year-round programming, CONTACT recognizes the significance of photography within all aspects of contemporary life, and the creative possibilities it envisions for the past, present, and future.

CONTACT inspire les collectivités grâce au pouvoir de la photographie

Fondé en 1997, CONTACT est un organisme sans but lucratif qui célèbre l’art de la photographie et sa pratique professionnelle. Résolu à cultiver une approche inclusive et accessible du médium, CONTACT tisse une communauté en offrant une plateforme propice à des collaborations dynamiques et à un engagement productif entre les photographes canadiens et internationaux, les conservateurs, les organismes partenaires et le public, à l’échelle locale et mondiale. Tant dans son festival annuel que dans sa programmation tout au long de l’année, CONTACT reconnaît l’importance de la photographie dans tous les aspects de la vie contemporaine, et les possibilités créatives qu’elle permet d’envisager pour le passé, le présent et l’avenir.



Showcasing exceptional projects by Canadian and international photographers and lens-based artists, the Festival’s Core Program critically and creatively frames the social, cultural, and political events of our times. Exhibitions produced in collaboration with major museums, leading galleries, and artist-run centres are presented throughout Greater Toronto alongside a slate of commissioned, site-specific Outdoor Installations that activate the city in unique ways. 


Mettant de l’avant des projets exceptionnels de photographes et d’artistes de la photographie canadiens et internationaux, le programme principal du Festival encadre de manière critique et créative les événements sociaux, culturels et politiques de notre époque. Des expositions produites en collaboration avec de grands musées, des galeries de premier plan et des centres d’artistes autogérés sont présentées dans tout le Grand Toronto, parallèlement à une série d’installations extérieures commanditées et propres à chaque site qui dynamisent la ville de manière unique.


Including photobook initiatives, lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, and more, the Festival’s Public Programs are online and in-person events complementing the Core Program. They generate critical dialogue and educational opportunities around contemporary photographic practices and photography’s many applications and effects. Programs are developed and presented in collaboration with CONTACT’s partner organizations.


Englobant des initiatives de livres photos, des conférences, des entretiens avec des artistes, des discussions en groupe, des ateliers, etc., les programmes publics du Festival sont des événements en ligne et en personne qui complètent le programme principal. Ils suscitent un dialogue critique et des occasions de formation portant sur les pratiques photographiques contemporaines et les nombreuses applications et effets de la photographie. Les programmes sont élaborés et présentés en collaboration avec les organismes partenaires de CONTACT.


Spotlighting submissions of work by emerging to experienced photographers, the Festival’s Open Call Exhibitions embody a broad range of lens-based practices, and bring together the photographic community with innovative presentations at galleries and alternative spaces across the city.

Collectively, these foundational components of the Festival generate a vast, immersive experience of photography for communities across Toronto, Canada, and internationally. All of the Festival’s exhibitions and programs are free of charge and open to the public (with some exceptions at major museums). CONTACT endeavours to make the Festival inclusive and accessible to all, however, due to the community-generated nature of some elements of the Festival, not all venues are able to accommodate specific accessibility needs. Contact us or specific venues for any enquiries.


Mettant en lumière les travaux de photographes émergents ou expérimentés, les expositions sur appel ouvert du Festival embrassent un large éventail de pratiques photographiques, et rassemblent les photographes grâce à des présentations innovantes dans les galeries et autres espaces urbains.

Collectivement, ces éléments fondateurs du Festival génèrent une vaste expérience immersive de la photographie pour les communautés de Toronto, du Canada et du monde entier. Toutes les expositions et tous les programmes du Festival sont gratuits et ouverts au public (à quelques exceptions près dans les grands musées). CONTACT s’efforce de rendre le Festival inclusif et accessible à tous. Cependant, en raison de la nature communautaire de certains volets du Festival, tous les sites ne sont pas en mesure de répondre à des besoins d’accessibilité particuliers. Si vous avez des questions, communiquez avec nous ou avec les sites concernés.



CONTACT’s headquarters is a community hub promoting critical photographic enquiry and appreciation. Festival and off-season programming in the Gallery includes curated exhibitions featuring work by leading Canadian and international contemporary and historical photographers; public programs examining timely and innovative photographic topics; and a new reading room, which features a curated selection of photobooks by artists from across the globe, available to the public for onsite viewing.

Past Gallery exhibitions and programs have featured internationally renowned artists, such as Carrie Mae Weems (2019), Felicity Hammond (2018), Brendan George Ko (2018), Petra Collins (2017), Ana Mendieta (2016), Gregory Crewdson (2011), Harun Farocki (2010) among many more.

The gallery is currently closed for the summer.

See “Make CONTACT” section for more info on how to find us.



80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205
Toronto, ON, Canada M5V2J4
[email protected]

416 539 9595

The gallery is wheelchair accessible at street level via the Spadina Ave entrance, and then by taking the elevator to the 2nd floor.

CONTACT is an open forum for the promotion and discussion of photography, and thus some exhibitions or materials may be offensive, upsetting, or disturbing to some members of the public. CONTACT is not responsible for the specific content or subject matter of any work displayed or advertised.


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240 West 102nd St, Suite 53, New York, NY 10025
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Libby Mark, New York
917 968 5567

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647 544 8441

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