The enormous impact of the ever-evolving technologies of photography has been an overriding concern at CONTACT in recent years. We have questioned photography’s ability to represent the truth, explored rapidly increasing global interconnections and celebrated constructed imagery within photographic culture. Throughout these explorations we found that the fundamental nature of…

The enormous impact of the ever-evolving technologies of photography has been an overriding concern at CONTACT in recent years. We have questioned photography’s ability to represent the truth, explored rapidly increasing global interconnections and celebrated constructed imagery within photographic culture. Throughout these explorations we found that the fundamental nature of the medium – its ability to preserve our individual memories and collective histories – at least for the moment, remains unchanged.

Photography has been associated with memory since its invention and memory has long been described as a continuous exchange of images. As we experience the global shift from film to digital technology, will photographic images merely become “memories made easy”? Through our primary exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), an array of public installations and 29 feature exhibitions, this year’s festival will reveal how photography remains central to our understanding of the world around us. As the increasing participation in CONTACT demonstrates, photography is prevalent throughout our lives, now more then ever before, and wields a complex relationship to human experience.

We are very grateful for the continued support of Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co., our premier sponsor and our partner in presenting public installations throughout the city. Our gratitude also goes to Scotiabank for their support of our exhibition at MOCCA and the new Scotiabank Scholarship and Prize. Sincere thanks go to our official media sponsors – Fashion Television Channel and enRoute magazine – and to our official daily newspaper the Toronto Star. Thanks also to Tourism Toronto and The National Gallery of Canada.

Our appreciation goes out to everyone involved in CONTACT 2008 – including exhibition venues, education and exhibition partners, our funders, sponsors and advertisers, CONTACT’s board of directors, staff and volunteers and, especially, the participating artists and photographers. Of course their photographs are not actual memories or events in history, but they elaborately communicative the complexity of the past, from somewhere in between.

—Darcy Killeen, Executive Director
—Bonnie Rubenstein, Festival Director and Editor

2008 Public Installation
Anthony Koutras, Obelisk, 2008
May 1–31,  2008

Anthony Koutras
Obelisk

2008 Public Installation
© Magnum Photos, Installation Mock up
May 1–31,  2008

Magnum Photos Agency
Magnum In Motion

2008 Juried Call
Tim Roda, Untitled #150, 2007, black & white photograph on fiber matte paper, 33
May 3–24,  2008

Tim Roda
Family Album

2008 Juried Call
Toni Hafkenscheid, Father and Son, Grand Canyon, 2006
April 26–May 31,  2008

Toni Hafkenscheid, Louise Noguchi
Confabulation / Shanghai Dragon

2008 Juried Call
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Spectators at the launch of Apollo 15. July 26, 1971.
May 5–30,  2008

Ryerson Historical B&W Photos
Photo Narratives: Remembering the 20th Century

2008 Juried Call
Charla Jones, Kashechewan Magnum Workshop Scotiabank Prize winner
May 10–June 10,  2008

Magnum Workshop Exhibition

2008 Juried Call
Ryoko Suzuki, Anikora-Seifuku no. 2, 2007, ,   x
May 1–31,  2008

Chad Gerth, RYOKO SUZUKI
EMPTY LOTS / ANIKORA-SEIFUKU

2008 Juried Call
Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Normal Work, 2007, Video, size varies
May 1–31,  2008

Hannah Cullwick, Pauline Boudry
Normal Work

2008 Juried Call
Peter Kingstone, video stills from 100 Stories About My Grandmother, 2007
May 9–June 14,  2008

Peter Kingstone
100 Stories About My Grandmother

2008 Juried Call
Richard Johnson, Rec Room, 20071st Place Winner of the HP Jury Prize
May 5–24,  2008

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS EXHIBITION

2008 Juried Call
Cheryl Sourkes, Mobile, 2008
April 30–May 24,  2008

Cheryl Sourkes
Parking on Personal Webcams

2008 Juried Call
Osheen Harruthoonyan, In Passing, 2008
April 28–June 1,  2008

Osheen Harruthoonyan
The Uchronie Fragments

2008 Juried Call
Dominic Nahr, Most Wanted, 2007, Chromogenic print, 50.8 x 76 cm. Courtesy Dominic Nahr and Polaris Images.
May 15–June 14,  2008

Dominic Nahr
The Gaza Strip: When Brothers Fight

2008 Juried Call
Jenna Edwards, The Collection of J. Nickerson, 2007
May 3–June 22,  2008

Greg Staats, Jenna Edwards
Accumulated Histories / Disturbance

2008 Open Call
William James Sisler, Basic English for New Canadians, 1948
May 1–31,  2008

William James Sisler
Immigrants & Identity: Early 20th -Century Photos in Manitoba

2008 Open Call
Raymond McCleary, Untitled, 2008
May 1–31,  2008

History Repeats Itself Again

2008 Open Call
Joachim Oepkes, Untitled, 2007, digital image print, 11 x13
May 4–31,  2008

Joachim Oepkes
Framing Fragments

2008 Open Call
Loys de Fleuriot, Hibiscus Coast, 2006, Archival Septone carbon ink print on cotton rag paper, (27 x 36)
May 16–22,  2008

Loys de Fleuriot
Pursuing the Light

2008 Open Call
Svjetlana Ignjatovic, Halil, 17x21
May 3–15,  2008

Group Exhibition
Scenes of the Past

2008 Open Call
May 1–29,  2008

Through Our Eyes, A Jamestown Youth Photography Project

2008 Open Call
John Bladen Bentley, Celestial Table, 2006, Colour Carbon Transfer,  20 x 24 in.
May 3–31,  2008

John Bladen Bentley
Colour Carbon Transfer Prints

2008 Open Call
Asif Rehman, Kathak Dance, Digital Photography, 320x240
April 30–May 9,  2008

Asif Rehman, Joseph Pindi Lalonde, Roman Kliotzkin
Diverse Views

2008 Open Call
Jim Blomfield, Support Detail, Silver Gelatin Print, 10 x 13
May 1–31,  2008

Jim Blomfield
Kashuby I Kaszuby – Reunited

2008 Open Call
Richard A Johnson, Dean Bradley, The Long Walk, 2007
May 1–31,  2008

Dean Bradley, Richard A. Johnson
Out of Captivity

2008 Open Call
Rob MacInnis, Fresh Faces, 2008
May 2–31,  2008

The Farm Family

2008 Open Call
Jason T. Ramsay, Dorsoduro,2006, fuji neopan,   16x20
May 1–31,  2008

Jason Ramsay
Memory is an Ancient City

2008 Open Call
Felicity Somerset, Tiskita, Costa Rica 2007, 26,   x 20
May 1–31,  2008

Felicity Somerset
Tree Markers

2008 Open Call
cHerbert, Nailed the Pig, Archival Inkjet Print, 16x20
May 1–31,  2008

C Herbert
cHebert

2008 Open Call
Rayhaan Traboulay, Fusion, Fine Art in Advertising, 2007, Digital 8.75  x 4.75"
May 2–31,  2008

Rayhaan Traboulay
Fusion – Fine Art in Advertising

2008 Open Call
George Fischer, CN Tower 2007
May 1–31,  2008

CN Tower – The History of Making Memories

2008 Open Call
Chico, A Walk in the Park
May 3–June 28,  2008

Minutes of New York

2008 Open Call
Gary Ogle, Untitled, 2007
May 1–31,  2008

Sheridan Students
…And Then There Were None

2008 Open Call
Gregory John Hern, Home, 2008, Chromira Print,  30 x 40"
May 1–31,  2008

Gregory John Hern
Coming and Going Home

2008 Open Call
Bill Douglas, Atomic for the People, 2007, Mixed Media
May 1–31,  2008

Bill Douglas
The Neighbo(u)rhood

2008 Open Call
David Kaufman, Gooderham Worts Storage Warehouse, 1984, Chromogenic print on polyester base, 23
May 1–August 3,  2008

David Kaufman, Scott Johnston, Michael Awad
Toronto A City Becoming

2008 Open Call
Susan Collacott, Mountains in the Making, 18x24 in
May 1–31,  2008

Susan Collacott
Earth Creation and Memory

2008 Open Call
Michael Toole, Colourful Dugouts 2006 - Panama, 20 x 30
May 1–31,  2008

Michael Toole
Photos from here and far

2008 Open Call
Scott Johnston, Parking Blocks, 2007
May 1–June 1,  2008

Scott Johnston
Obstacle

2008 Open Call
Robert Burley, Tarmac T3, O'Hare Airfield, 1988, Chromogenic Print, 51 cm x 61 cm
January 14–May 31,  2008

Hedrich Blessing, Robert Burley
ORD: Documenting the Definitive Modern Airport

2008 Open Call
Patrick Cummins, 500-504 Queen St W: [31 Jul] 1983; 7 May 1999; 9 Feb 2003; 6 Aug 2006, gelatin silver prints, 20 x 24 in
May 3–31,  2008

Patrick Cummins
Collations

2008 Open Call
Kalmplex aka Sacha Morrison, Looking Back 2007, Digital Photography, 8 x 10
May 1–31,  2008

Kalmplex , Sacha Morris
Memories In Motion

2008 Open Call
Barbara Gilbert, The Final Portrait XI, 2008, giclee print, 5
April 30–May 11,  2008

Group Exhibition
Traces

2008 Open Call
David Kaufman, Gravestones, Lodz, Poland, 2007, Chromogenic print,  23 x 18 in
April 22–May 18,  2008

Robert Burley, David Kaufman, Wieslaw Michalak
RECURRENT MEMORIES: Historic Jewish Sites in Canada and Poland

2008 Open Call
May 3–June 14,  2008

Group Exhibition
Meetings…beyond memory and history

2008 Open Call
Laurin Jeffrey, Final Note, 2007, Digital Photograph, 36 x 24
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Anamnesis

2008 Open Call
MARK TEARLE, BONNET DEWDROP MISS, C PRINT, 36 X 24
May 1–July 1,  2008

Mark Tearle
Still

2008 Open Call
Jim Hurtubise, Observation Deck, Chicago 1998, Gelatin Silver Print, 14
May 1–25,  2008

Group Exhibition
EXPOSED: Depictions, Discoveries, Discussions, & Debate

2008 Open Call
Kirsten White, 2007
May 30–June 4,  2008

From OCAD with Love

2008 Open Call
Peter Balinski / CanadaDigital, The Sweet Escape, 2007, 4 x 6
May 5–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Pop/Eye: The Fashion / Culture Matrix

2008 Open Call
Linda Briskin, Ode to Julia Margaret Cameron, 2007, Digital C-print, 18x21
May 13–25,  2008

Linda Briskin
Symbolic Ambiguities I

2008 Open Call
kye marshall, choral, digital C-print, 14x18
May 13–25,  2008

Kye Marshall
Symbolic Ambiguities II

2008 Open Call
Melodie Ng, My great-grandmother & great-uncle, circa 1915, Ambrotype 6
May 13–25,  2008

My Le Nguyen, Melodie Ng
MeiKong / HongKong: Memories and Family

2008 Open Call
Rodrigo Moreno, Helen and Siblings, 1992, C-print, 22
May 26–June 22,  2008

Rodrigo Moreno
Preserving The Jungle

2008 Open Call
Scott P. Ellis, Keeping The Spirit Alive, 1997, photography, 20x16 in
May 1–June 10,  2008

Scott P. Ellis
Warnings – Photos and Collages

2008 Open Call
May 2–31,  2008

CAPIC
Souvenir: a Talisman of Memory

2008 Open Call
Glen Baxter, Ethiopia, 2008
May 9–31,  2008

Glen Baxter
Ethiopia 2008

2008 Open Call
stro1, Kid Koala, Chromira Flex 40 x 60 inch
May 1–31,  2008

Stro1
Hiphop Photography, 1998 – 2008

2008 Open Call
Paul Till, David Byrne 1998, Digital print from silverprint collage 16
May 1–31,  2008

Paul Till
First Three Songs (no flash)

2008 Open Call
Jennifer Domise, Untiltled, 2006, 70cm X 100 cm
May 1–31,  2008

Jennifer Domise
From the Caribbean to the North Star

2008 Open Call
Tasira S. Barishev, Distant Memories, 2007
May 1–June 19,  2008

Group Exhibition
Through Our Eyes

2008 Open Call
Loree Lawrence, Indian Grove Today. 2007, 12 x 8
May 3–3,  2008

West Toronto Historical Society, The Gathering Space, Local Junction Photographers
The Junction: Past. Present. Future.

2008 Open Call
Golshan Abdmoulaie, Looking in the sky, 2007, 11 X 12
May 8–22,  2008

Me, Us, Yours, Ours: Expressions from Immigrant Youth

2008 Open Call
Greg Staats, auto-mnemonic six nations, 2005, gelatin silver prints, 30 x 30 in.
May 29–July 12,  2008

Greg Staats
Errance: Work by Greg Staats

2008 Open Call
David Burdeny, Grounded Iceberg 01, Greenland 2007, 23
May 1–June 22,  2008

David Burdeny
Horizons – Greenland / Antarctica

2008 Open Call
Kirsten White, Four Good Measures, 2007, 10x6
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Four Good Measures

2008 Open Call
John Long, Collingwood Elevators, 2007, Stereo Photography; 24
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
One Year Younger / Between Memory and History

2008 Open Call
Micheline Parent, Cornucopia, 2008, digital
May 3–June 1,  2008

STÉPHANIE BRODEUR (installation), MICHELINE PARENT (installation), E. FILLION et M. TROMMER (performance)
JEU DE MÉMOIRE / PERFORMING MEMORY

2008 Open Call
Leo Nathan, For Merrica, 2007, 35 mm film,  10
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Moments in Time–4 ViewPoints

2008 Open Call
Sian Richards, First Soloist Tanya Howard of The National Ballet of Canada, 2007, Digital Fine Art Print, 30x24
May 1–July 31,  2008

Sian Richards
Turning Pointe

2008 Open Call
Doda, SOJOURN 1, 2007, 24 x 36
May 1–31,  2008

Doda
SOJOURN

2008 Open Call
Lydia J. Charak, Intimate Conversations with Guitar 1, 2007, Photograph - giclée print 40
April 1–June 30,  2008

Lydia J. Charak
Intimate Conversations

2008 Open Call
Nikita Sondhi, ,, ,   x
April 30–May 18,  2008

Forest Hill Public School Students
Children’s Studio

2008 Open Call
Madelaine Edmonds, Repentance 2007, Digital 14
May 22–June 1,  2008

The Bishop Strachan School Students
YOUNG MEMORY

2008 Open Call
Kirk Wynter, Untitled, 2007, 11 inches x 14 inches
May 2–22,  2008

Kirk Wynter
Chair and I

2008 Open Call
Michael  Phang, Dr. Sherzai, 2007, 16 x20
May 9–13,  2008

Group Exhibition
Half A Chance

2008 Open Call
Hairuo Dai, 'Sunset on the Empire State', Nov 25, 2006, Digital,  13 x19
May 1–September 20,  2008

CELEBRATING THE MOMENT – Etobicoke Camera Club Marks 50 Years

2008 Open Call
Donna Buck, Out front ... on John St., B&W negative,   9x12
May 2–30,  2008

Krist Papas, Linda Lemmermeyer, Donna Buck
Time Stood Still

2008 Open Call
Katarina Marinic, Windows, 2007, Giclee print on canvas, 32x48 in.
May 12–June 1,  2008

Katarina Marinic
Croatia Through the Photographer’s Lens: A New Perspective

2008 Open Call
Wilma Needham, B R I N K 1, digital photography 16'X24
April 30–May 12,  2008

Wilma Needham
BRINK

2008 Open Call
Graham French, Untitled, 1997, Giclee 16x36 inches
May 7–17,  2008

Graham French
Disappearing Landscapes

2008 Open Call
Patricia Chard, On a Bus in Mexico, 2007
May 2–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Off Camera

2008 Open Call
Christopher Marshall, Frank's Distrust, Digital Output to Canvas, 9x9
May 1–31,  2008

Christopher Marshall
ABOUTface

2008 Open Call
Photographer Unknown, Phyllis Brooks, 1937, 9   x  7
May 1–June 1,  2008

Group Exhibition
Fashion Through Photography: The idealization of the human form

2008 Open Call
Jason Schwatrz, Untitled for Infinite series, 2007, Photography, 20
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
From There to Here

2008 Open Call
Michele Crockett, Post, 2006, C- print
May 5–June 1,  2008

Group Exhibition
Shutter Drag

2008 Open Call
Rosângela Rennó, , framed colour photograph and camera, 78 x 78 cm and 15 x 22 cm
May 1–June 7,  2008

Rosângela Rennó
The Last Photograph

2008 Open Call
Vincent Chong-Knight, Essence of EcoHarmony
May 5–June 7,  2008

Vincent Chong-Knight
Essence of EcoHarmony

2008 Open Call
Dominika Klim, Constructed Landscape 1, 2007, ,   x
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Illuminations 3: Landscape and Memory

2008 Open Call
John Drajewicz, Proof of Life, 2004, 16 x 20
May 1–June 2,  2008

Sheila Jonah, John Drajewicz
Proof of Life

2008 Open Call
Fabian Garzon, Sofia, 2006, Digital  12x17
May 1–31,  2008

Richard Koroll, Fabian Garzon, Gerard Doyle
Memory in 3 Quarters

2008 Open Call
Timothy A. Campbell,
April 14–June 14,  2008

Timothy A. Campbell
When You Get the Blues: Live Music Photography from Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto

2008 Open Call
Paul Douglass (died  1976), Untitled, 1974 or before, Gelatin silver print 18.4  x 18.0 cm. (image)
April 9–May 10,  2008

The Public Stage: Street Photography from the MGSC Collection, Ryerson

2008 Open Call
Irene Borins Ash, Legacy, 2007
May 1–15,  2008

Irene Borins Ash
Aging is Living – A New Perspective

2008 Open Call
May 6–31,  2008

abigail godfrey, rosemarie umetsu, timothy sullivan
ICONIC BEAUTY

2008 Open Call
Taliaferro Jones, Clear, 2007, Giclee print, photograph on watercolour paper, 1/45, 41 x 41
May 3–June 5,  2008

Taliaferro Jones, Ray Charles White, Winston Boyers
Tri-Pods

2008 Open Call
Robert Shechter, Twist Iceberg, 2006
May 1–31,  2008

Robert Shechter
Northern Reflections – The Canadian and Greenlandic High Arctic

2008 Open Call
Steve Carty, Eddi Griffin - Comedian, 5 X 7
May 3–31,  2008

Kareem Ajani, Steve Carty
Pin Up’s

2008 Open Call
Stephanie & Nico Gareri, Paesani, 2007
May 29–June 14,  2008

Stephanie Gareri, Nico Gareri
GAGLIATO

2008 Open Call
Gina Godfrey, Aliyah, 2007, giclee, 36x44
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Jerusalem Defined

2008 Open Call
Asha Yusuf, untitled, 2007., digital print,  12 x 18
May 16–June 10,  2008

My City My Story TO, Ponto BR Rio, Bronx Museum Teen Council NYC
Tale of Three Cities

2008 Open Call
Christian Bortey, Pause, 2007, Black and White 7X10
May 7–22,  2008

Group Exhibition
Memories

2008 Open Call
Rick Harris, Requiem for a Redbox, 2006, Photographic Print, 9.5x17
May 1–31,  2008

Group Exhibition
Trespassing on Yesterday

2008 Open Call
Tara Gilchrist, Perspective - 2, 2007, Glass, Enamel, Peephole, Steel  30cm x 15cm x 52.5cm (including base)
May 9–31,  2008

Rick OBrien, Tara Gilchrist
Camera Obscura / The City you Never See

2008 Open Call
The Icelandic Love Corporation, Where Do We Go From Here, 2005, C print,   70 x 70 cm
March 10–June 2,  2008

Group Exhibition
As The Sun Rises

2008 Open Call
Andrew Drown, Steps
May 1–30,  2008

Andrew Drown
Playing with the past: An exploration of the changing playground space

2008 Open Call
Kathryn Palmateer, melisa, 2008, Giclee, 13x20
May 11–June 1,  2008

Kathryn Palmateer
Ordinary Women, Ordinary Choice

2008 Open Call
© Julie Rémy / www.julieremy.com, Pregnant in Pelé Simon, a slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, May 2007
April 18–May 9,  2008

Julie RÉmy, Medecins Sans Frontieres
Maman Haiti

2008 Open Call
Paul Rockett, GLENN: EASY DOES IT, 1956, 16 X 20
May 26–June 1,  2008

John Sebert, Douglas Kirkland, Paul Rockett
The Golden Age of Canadian Photography

2008 Open Call
George Friedman, Doug Richardson Band, 18 x 26
May 1–31,  2008

George Friedman
Sound Check

2008 Open Call
Hannah Minzloff,
May 1–31,  2008

Hannah Minzloff
Underground

2008 Open Call
Alexander Eros Rocco, Dune Flow, 13x19 Fibre Silk
May 1–31,  2008

Alexander Eros Rocco, Kulvinder Singh
Terra Fotografia

2008 Open Call
David Fernandes, Cyrus Irani, 2007
May 3–25,  2008

David Fernandes, Cyrus Irani
UNTOLD

2008 Open Call
Henning Ebel, Night Current, 8x12
May 8–11,  2008

Lise Varrette, Henning Ebel
Wabi Sabi

2008 Open Call
Timothy E. Noonan, The River, 2008, Archival Inkjet Print, 12 X 16 inches
May 1–31,  2008

Timothy E. Noonan
Painter Manipulation

2008 Open Call
Robyn Cumming, Lady Things, March 2008, 40X50
May 1–24,  2008

Robyn Cumming
Lady Things

2008 lecture
Micheline Parent, Cornucopia, 2008

Labo-chat: Raw Memories

2008 Launch
Alice Dixon, 2007 Festival Launch party

CONTACT Public Launch

2008 screening
 Perspective Directed by Eiki Takahashi,

Perspective
Under Construction
Eloquent Nude

2008 screening
Joel-Peter Witkin, L’image indélébile, Directed by Jérôme de Missolz

FLIP Book
Jan Saudek, Prague Printemps
Joel-Peter Witkin, L’image indélébile

2008 screening
The Portraitist, Directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski

The Portraitist
The Last Slide Projector

2008 screening
David Lachapelle — Du Pop Art a la Provocation, Directed by Hilka Sinning

The Rich Have Their Own Photographers
David Lachapelle — Du Pop Art a la Provocation

2008 screening
MORIMURA — Chapter 2: This is the Archive, Directed by Yasushi Kishimoto

Larry Clark
MORIMURA — Chapter 2
Le Partage des Images

2008 screening
The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, Directed by Pietra Brettkelly

The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins – Screening 3

2008 screening
Lucas Oleniuk,

Production Team, Lucas Oleniuk
Toronto Star Photojournalism: Multimedia Deconstructed

2008 Workshop
Małgorzata Stankiewicz, Lassen (This Year’s Flooding Is Very Extreme), 2018.

GOING DIGITAL: Scanning/Photoshop/Rendering files for print & web

2008 Workshop
Robyn Cumming, Many Shades of Pink, 2006

Staging the Scene: Contemporary Still Life

2008 Workshop
Małgorzata Stankiewicz, Lassen (Future Changes in Human Emissions of CO2 Will Largely Determine Future Climate), 2018

Portfolio Development – Part I

2008 Workshop
Małgorzata Stankiewicz, Lassen (Arctic Permafrost Thawing 70 Years Sooner Than Predicted), 2018.

Portfolio Development – Part 2

2008 Workshop

Curation 101: For the Emerging Curator

2008 Workshop

Writing Grants and Artist Statements

2008
Larry Towell, Ontario, Lambton County, 1990 © LARRY TOWELL / MAGNUM PHOTOS

Magnum Photos: Performance
The Collected Works of Larry Towell

2008
Slideluck Potshow,

Slideluck Potshow