Exploring the photographic medium as a way of seeing, this year’s Festival theme, Field of Vision, frames a series of primary exhibitions and public installations. In museums and galleries, on city streets and subway platforms, these presentations reveal a shared interest in photography as a visual paradigm, one that structures how…

Exploring the photographic medium as a way of seeing, this year’s Festival theme, Field of Vision, frames a series of primary exhibitions and public installations. In museums and galleries, on city streets and subway platforms, these presentations reveal a shared interest in photography as a visual paradigm, one that structures how we imagine scenes, places, and events. Working closely with our partners across Toronto, we explore the medium’s history and its current manifestations. While many projects are the result of expansive, long-term investigations, others are newly commissioned, site-specific works. CONTACT 2013 situates photography as an expansion of sight, where the camera’s field of view extends the eye’s field of vision.

Artists herald new directions, whether in the form of an exceptional idea, an impossible-seeming image, or a circumstance radically re-considered. Photographs allow us a privileged view of what we might not otherwise see, an idea conveyed through Sebastião Salgado’s landmark exhibition Genesis, which presents a sweeping examination of untouched regions. Andrew Wright’s imaginative experiments with form and photographic technologies come together to reveal an unexpected perspective on land, sea, and sky alike. Extending the focus on natural phenomena while taking us into the realm of spirits, Sara Angelucci draws on archival photographs to create evocative works echoing lost histories.

Photographic archives open a dialogue with the past. A glimpse into the Archive of Modern Conflict’s collection, arranged in evocative groupings of images that date back to the beginnings of photography, challenges us to engage with history in unfamiliar terms. Bringing the issue of the archive into the technological present, Erik Kessels’ immersive installation stages an encounter with images that confronts how their ubiquity online transforms the sense of the world we access through our computer screens. With her mural project, Ilit Azoulay adopts an archival method to turn photographs of curiosities found at a demolition site into a historically rich montage. Photographic technology often manifests social effects and has a critical past of its own; Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s billboards confront the racialized history of images used to calibrate skin tone.

Artists activate photography’s ability to shape how we imagine another person’s perspective on the world. Depicting the essential yet typically hidden qualities of those captured by the camera, Jason Evans presents portraits of Art Gallery of Ontario employees at play in the museum. Also highlighting the interplay between the photographer and subject, Light My Fire follows the trajectory of a collection that grew out of a focus on the genre of portraiture. The photographer’s characteristic ways of seeing are explicit in the portraits by two exceptional visionaries who passed away recently: the artist Arnaud Maggs and the experimental filmmaker Chris Marker. They leave behind bodies of work whose scope makes apparent photography’s role as a visual archive of social history, and a record of an individual’s life.

Through photography, artists envision scenes we might never encounter, sometimes because they literally do not exist. James Nizam’s Pyramid, an ethereal, site-specific image constructed through multiple exposure, suggests that a luminescent sculpture once floated in thin air. The power of the photograph to evince what we cannot see is evoked by Michael Schirner’s works, which use the stark language of the descriptive caption to picture iconic photographs in words. Michael Snow’s The Viewing of Six New Works animates the subtle movements a viewer might make when looking at images, alluding to the metaphor of photography as “writing with light.” Exploring the unseen spaces of the city’s infrastructure, Michael Cook and Andrew Emond delve into Toronto’s underground to expose its hidden passages. Arthur S. Goss’ photographs provide historical context through their bureaucratic yet idiosyncratic approach to envisioning civic life. Photography can influence the ways we observe and interact with our surroundings. Martin Parr focuses on the everyday, activating two public sites with humour and irony while exposing our cultural peculiarities through images of the foods we eat.

Engaging current discourse about the function of images in society, this year’s Festival encompasses a range of approaches to photography. Considering how the photographic frame extends sight, these exhibitions and installations trace our encounters with images, asserting that the medium is a profound means of shaping our ways of being. Demonstrating an ongoing obsession with seeing our world in images, all-the-more prevalent in the digital age, Field of Vision reflects an enduring interest in photo-based practices. Photography is fundamental to seeing and sharing knowledge of ourselves and others across contexts that extend well beyond the physical environment our eyes can perceive.

Bonnie Rubenstein
Artistic Director

2013 Primary Exhibition
Arnold Newman, Henry Moore, Much Hadham, England, 1966-72 Purchase, 1978. 77/178  © 2013 Arnold Newman Properties/Getty Images.
AGO
May 2–October 20,  2013

Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography

2013 Primary Exhibition
Sara Angelucci, Original source image for, The Anonymous Chorus, date and provenance unknown
April 10–June 16,  2013

Sara Angelucci
Provenance Unknown

2013 Primary Exhibition
Erik Kessels, 24hrs in Photography, 2013 installation at CONTACT Gallery, Toronto
May 1–June 15,  2013

Erik Kessels
24hrs in Photography

2013 Primary Exhibition
Arnaud Maggs, After Nadar: Pierrot Turning, detail, 2012 © Estate of Arnaud Maggs, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery
May 1–June 2,  2013

Arnaud Maggs
Scotiabank Photography Award

2013 Primary Exhibition
Chris Marker, Sun Eclipse (Paris), n.d.  Courtesy Peter Blum Gallery, New York
April 26–June 9,  2013

Chris Marker
Memory of a Certain Time

2013 Public Installation
Jason Evans, A long, long time AGO / Media Productions / Lee, Gary, Pat, Danny, Zoé, Greg, Barb,, 2012
AGO
May 1–31,  2013

Jason Evans
A long, long time AGO

2013 Public Installation
James Nizam, Pyramid, 2013 Courtesy of the artist and Birch Libralato, Toronto
April 29–June 1,  2013

James Nizam
Pyramid

2013 Public Installation
@ Martin Parr / Magnum Photos, ,
April 30–June 2,  2013

Martin Parr
Food

2013 Public Installation
Chris Marker, La Jetée, 1963 © Argos Films
April 29–May 30,  2013

Chris Marker
Images From La Jetée

2013 Juried Call
Alex McLeod, Cloud Birth Black, 2013
April 27–June 1,  2013

Alex McLeod
Outworld

2013 Juried Call
Richard Barnes, Murmur 01 November 15, 2005, 2005
May 1–31,  2013

Richard Barnes
Murmur

2013 Juried Call
Michelle O'Byrne, How to Mat a Photograph (video still), 2011
May 9–28,  2013

Jackson Klie, Michelle O'Byrne
Lessons in Photography

2013 Juried Call
Kelly Richardson, Orion Tide, 2012-2013
May 2–June 8,  2013

Kelly Richardson
Orion Tide

2013 Juried Call
Gabriel Thompson, Amsterdam Bike Seat Map, 2011
May 1–31,  2013

Gabriel Thompson
In The Naked Light I Saw

2013 Juried Call
Max Regenberg, Jasper Johns # 1998, L.B. System Köln-Butzweilerhof, 1998
May 1–31,  2013

Max Regenberg
Along the Way: The Useful Landscape

2013 Juried Call
J.J. Levine, Rae, from the series Queer Portraits, 2012
May 3–June 15,  2013

JJ Levine
Queer Portraits

2013 Juried Call
Doug Ischar, MW 1, 1985/2009
May 3–June 15,  2013

Doug Ischar
Undertow

2013 Juried Call
Jonathan Hobin, Seal Heart, from the series In the Playroom, 2010
May 2–31,  2013

Jonathan Hobin
In The Playroom

2013 Juried Call
Dan Epstein, Portrait of Sam Gregory, Brooklyn, 2013
May 1–25,  2013

Dan Epstein
Defenders

2013 Juried Call
Shai Kremer, Abstract No. 3, from the series World Trade Center Concrete Abstracts, 2012
April 11–May 26,  2013

Shai Kremer
Work in Progress

2013 Juried Call
Lynne Cohen, Untitled, 2012
May 4–28,  2013

Lynne Cohen
looking forward, looking back

2013 Juried Call
Botto + Bruno, Lost Time IV, 2013
May 8–June 29,  2013

Botto + Bruno
I Was Already Lost

2013 Juried Call
E. Craig, Raja Deen Dayal & Sons studio, Bombay., Portrait of Raja Deen Dayal, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, April 1904.,   ©2011 Peabody Essex Museum PH81.91
April 20,  2013–January 12,  2014

Raja Deen Dayal
Between Princely India & the British Raj

2013 Juried Call
Maryanne Casasanta, Touch, 2012
April 30–June 3,  2013

Maryanne Casasanta
Eyes Outside Our Bodies (The Infra-Ordinary)

2013 Juried Call
Janieta Eyre, Burning Cake, from the series Motherhood, 2002
April 30–June 28,  2013

Janieta Eyre
Constructing Mythologies

2013 Juried Call
Doug Ischar, MW 19, 1985/2009
May 3–June 15,  2013

Doug Ischar
Undertow

2013 Open Call
Ron Wood, Bill and Vera, 2012
May 15–June 30,  2013

Ron Wood
Are we there yet?

2013 Open Call
Vincent Luk, Seniors Expression, 2013
May 16–21,  2013

Group Exhibition
Seniors Expressions

2013 Open Call
Momoko Allard, Triangle Junction, 2010
May 7–21,  2013

Group Exhibition
The Dark Room 2.0

2013 Open Call
Ray Stevenson, Janis Joplin, c.1967
April 30–May 31,  2013

Group Exhibition
Forever 27

2013 Open Call
Edie Steiner, Ruins, 2012
May 6–26,  2013

Victoria Piersig, Edie Steiner
Abject Transformations

2013 Open Call
Vanessa Stasiw, Image Three, 2012
May 3–31,  2013

Vanessa Stasiw
Close to the Bone

2013 Open Call
Q-Map Program, Rex Pride Mask, 2012
April 29–July 14,  2013

Rex Pride
Q-MAP

2013 Open Call
Norman Wong, Gentleman Reg,
May 23–June 15,  2013

Norman Wong x Arts & Crafts

2013 Open Call
Aleksandar Antonijevic, Untitled, 2012
May 2–30,  2013

Aleksandar Antonijevic
inFORMants

2013 Open Call
Zark Fatah, Ready to Race — Gumball 3000, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Zark Fatah
Capture(d) 2013

2013 Open Call
Katerina Chronopoulos, Zebra in Havana,
May 12–18,  2013

Group Exhibition
Greek Film & Foto Week 2013

2013 Open Call
Jessica Glasgow, Anne, 2013
May 3–5,  2013

Ryerson University School of Image Arts Students
Maximum Exposure

2013 Open Call
Stephen Uhraney, Life in the Holland Marsh 1, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Stephen Uhraney
Life in the Holland Marsh

2013 Open Call
Joseph Amaral, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, 2012
May 12–26,  2013

Joseph Amaral
Over the Hills and Far Away

2013 Open Call
Cames I.P.,
May 13–19,  2013

Portuguese-Canadian History Project
60 Years of Portuguese Immigration in Canada

2013 Open Call
Natasha Milijasevic, Track Oasis, 2011
May 9–23,  2013

Patty Zuver, Natasha Milijasevic, Mario Voltolina
44° N 79° W

2013 Open Call
Conrod Skyers, Abstract Art Class, 2012
May 3–31,  2013

Ashley Smith, Creative Village Studio Photography Workshop Parti
Through Our Eyes

2013 Open Call
Maysam Ghani, Yin Energy in a Yang World, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

The Esplanade Neighbourhood Youth
Portraits of The Esplanade

2013 Open Call
Steve Mann, Maktivism: The wearable camera and Fare Witness as a Praxistemology of Veillance, 2012
May 1–June 30,  2013

Steve Mann
No Cameras Allowed!

2013 Open Call
Marie Heintzman, Light Tapestry/ Ontario Fleuron_01, 2013
May 16–30,  2013

Group Exhibition
The Mind’s Eye

2013 Open Call
Laura Paterson, Going for a walk, 2010
May 1–14,  2013

Group Exhibition
Portraits

2013 Open Call
Mats Nordstrom, Untitled (Funnel), Remnants series, 2007
May 30–July 21,  2013

Mats Nordstrom
Impact Resistance

2013 Open Call
John Drajewicz, End of the Rainbow, 2012
May 1–June 2,  2013

Sheila Jonah, John Drajewicz, Natalie Draz
Three Fields of View

2013 Open Call
Paul Hrmo, Art of Cycling #2, 2010
May 1–31,  2013

Paul Hrmo
The Art of Cycling

2013 Open Call
Matthew Kudelka, Paris 166, 2012
May 1–July 31,  2013

Matthew Kudelka
Life in Paris

2013 Open Call
Fester & Morris, Hotel Room, Grimsby, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Shane Fester, Kevin Morris
Architecture of Empty

2013 Open Call
Jessy Pesce, A Tulip, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Jessy Pesce
Captured

2013 Open Call
Dennis Duncan, Shifting Number 3, 2013
May 15–26,  2013

Group Exhibition
InSight

2013 Open Call
Brenda Hoffert, Green Clogs, 2013
May 27–June 10,  2013

Brenda Hoffert
A Shoe Story

2013 Open Call
Madi Chambers, , 2013
May 18–29,  2013

Group Exhibition
Portmanteau: An OCADU Photography Thesis Exhibition

2013 Open Call
Paul G. Russell, Ghost Canoes, 2012
April 25–May 21,  2013

Paul G. Russell
Wilderness: Images based on Tom Thomson’s photographs

2013 Open Call
2Fik, Picnic sur l'étang [Picnic on the swamp], 2009
May 2–30,  2013

2Fik
Unreleased

2013 Open Call
CloseUp opening at c/o Berlin, 2013
May 6–31,  2013

Group Exhibition
Close Up! Young Photojournalists at the 63rd Berlinale

2013 Open Call
Hello Foto Inc., Instagratification, 2013
May 1–23,  2013

Group Exhibition
Instagratification

2013 Open Call
Art Liem, Making a u-turn, 2009
May 1–31,  2013

Art Liem
Guy With Film Camera

2013 Open Call
Steven Crainford, Spring River, 2009
May 7–26,  2013

Steven Crainford
Transient and Eternal

2013 Open Call
Courtney Langille, It's kind of sad, Like people, 2013
April 15–May 5,  2013

Rosedale Heights School of the Arts Students
#text

2013 Open Call
H.G. Bathija, Milkrun, 2009
May 1–31,  2013

H.G. Bathija
The Gods Must be Crazy 2.0

2013 Open Call
Patrick Lee, Untitled, 2012
May 4–June 9,  2013

Patrick Lee
For Whom a Desert Song

2013 Open Call
Sarah Palmer, The Death Railway, 2011
April 25–May 31,  2013

Group Exhibition
Narrow and Wide

2013 Open Call
Amalia Sullivan-Lorenz, untitled, 2012
May 9–19,  2013

Group Exhibition
Within

2013 Open Call
Natalie Liconti, Untitled, 2012
May 1–15,  2013

St. Clement's School
Learning to Look

2013 Open Call
Gaetano Antonini, Allure, 2012
March 27–June 2,  2013

Group Exhibition
Pentagram

2013 Open Call
Havergal College, ,
May 11–26,  2013

Grade 10 and 11 Havergal College Art Students
Havergal College: Photography and Video

2013 Open Call
David Trautrimas, Terra Thermal Inducer, 2009
April 24–May 21,  2013

David Trautrimas
Structure and Photo

2013 Open Call
Tommy Vohs, Heavy Metal, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Group Exhibition
Memory and Context

2013 Open Call
So Young Lee, Tailgating in Cappadocia, 2012
May 1–July 29,  2013

J.P. Gural, So Young Lee
To Feed A Planet

2013 Open Call
Nalina Sacoor, The Screen, 2012
M*2
May 16–31,  2013

Nalina Sacoor
India – Sand and Stone

2013 Open Call
Terry Mott, moon bay, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Terry Mott, Keith David Benjamin
Solid Void: Architects on Sabbatical

2013 Open Call
Ian Rubenzahl, Lines of Force #6 (detail of Lines of Force #4, 5, 6), 2012
April 4–May 11,  2013

Ian Rubenzahl
Lines of Force

2013 Open Call
Joshua MacDonald, Silver Lake Road, 2010
May 1–15,  2013

Joshua MacDonald
There, Not There

2013 Open Call
Lucia Graca, Massey Hall, 2010
May 1–31,  2013

Lucia Graca
Massey Hall

2013 Open Call
Alex Bruce, Momo's Staircase, 2011
May 1–31,  2013

Group Exhibition
Seneca College

2013 Open Call
Stephen McNeill, Projectionist Please Focus, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Stephen McNeill, John Bladen Bentley
Persistence of Vision

2013 Open Call
Richard Johnson, Covered Bridge #14,  Montgomery, 1870, Waterville, Lamoille County, Vermont, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Richard Johnson
Portals of Passion: Vermont Diptychs 2012

2013 Open Call
Dale M. Reid, Oyster Mushroom #6, 2012
May 1–June 3,  2013

Dale M. Reid
Intersection of Two Worlds

2013 Open Call
Joanne Morra, Bray Funfair, 2013
May 1–31,  2013

Group Exhibition
Joe’s Still Got Friends

2013 Open Call
Mary Cook, Breakfast on the Beach, 2012
May 4–26,  2013

Group Exhibition
Durham Photographers in the Gallery

2013 Open Call
Tammy Hoy, What Lies Beneath, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Brian Anderson, Tammy Hoy, Gokche Erkan
Mystery of Land and Sea

2013 Open Call
Neill Cunningham, Freaky Bono, 1983
May 1–31,  2013

Neill Cunningham
My First Roll of Film: U2, War at Massey Hall in 1983

2013 Open Call
Tom Ridout, Gehüllt Hotel, 2012
April 27–June 2,  2013

Tom Ridout
Tom Ridout: Eingehullt, RMG Exposed Emerging Photographer Exhibition

2013 Open Call
Jodaco, Sand Walkers, 2008
May 10–June 2,  2013

Jodaco
Photo/Synthesis

2013 Open Call
David Kaufman, Queen St. East of Sherbourne #2, 2012
May 1–26,  2013

David Kaufman
Early Sunday Morning

2013 Open Call
Alexandra Majerus, Dried Flowers, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Alexandra Majerus
Aesthetic Objects of Desire

2013 Open Call
Ceilidh Carter, , 2013
May 1–31,  2013

Group Exhibition
Flux

2013 Open Call
Andre Vittorio, Green Car?, 2010
May 1–31,  2013

Oksana Mansour, Andre Vittorio
Look up… Look down…

2013 Open Call
Heather Saitz, Au Vieux Fanal, 2012
May 1–31,  2013

Heather Saitz
Rooms for Tourists

2013 Open Call
Doug Workman, Ponte Vecchio, Frienze,
May 1–31,  2013

Doug Workman
A Personal Perception of People and Places

2013 Open Call
Michael Mills, Memory 4, 2013
May 2–25,  2013

Group Exhibition
Here is Where

2013 Open Call
Pamela Williams, "Herald", Vienna, 1999
May 1–29,  2013

Pamela Williams
In the Midst of Angels: Photographs of Sculpture from the Cemeteries of Europe and Beyond

2013 contact-gallery
Guillaume Simoneau, Wearing army uniform for me, Kennesaw, Georgia, 2008
January 17–March 3,  2013

Guillaume Simoneau
Love and War

2013 lecture
,
May 22–22,  2013

Michelle Valberg: Arctic Kaleidoscope The People, Wildlife and Ever-Changing Landscape.

2013 Artist Talk
Heather Saitz, Au Vieux Fanal, 2012
May 15–15,  2013

Heather Saitz – Rooms for Tourists

2013 screening
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AGO
May 8–8,  2013

TDSB WR6 "Home Movies"

2013 Film
,
April 25–May 4,  2013

Hot Docs: Ghosts In Our Machine

2013 Film
,
May 1–3,  2013

Hot Docs: New life of a family album

2013 Film
,
April 29–May 4,  2013

Hot Docs: Spring & Arnaud

2013 Film
,
April 26–May 2,  2013

Hot Docs: Chimeras

2013 Film
,
April 28–May 3,  2013

Hot Docs: Everybody Street

2013 Film
Chris Marker, La Jetée, 1963 © Argos Films
May 16–16,  2013

Remembrance of Things to Come: Works by Chris Marker
A Mini-Retrospective May 16 – 19

2013 Film
Chris Marker, March 3, Pentagon, October 1, 1967 Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York
May 17–17,  2013

TIFF 2 Remembrance of Things to Come: Works by Chris Marker

2013 Film
Chris Marker, Fidel Castro, 1961 Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York
May 18–18,  2013

TIFF 3 Remembrance of Things to Come: Works by Chris Marker

2013 Film
Chris Marker, Metro 2, Paris, 2004 Courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery, New York
May 19–19,  2013

TIFF 4 Remembrance of Things to Come: Works by Chris Marker

2013 Workshop
,
May 26–26,  2013

G44 – Salt/Albumen Prints

2013 Workshop
,
May 7–7,  2013

G44 – Low-Budget Lighting

2013 Workshop
,
May 15–15,  2013

G44 – Intro to Digital Photography

2013 Workshop
,
May 25–25,  2013

G44 – Editing and Sequencing for Photo Books

2013 Workshop
,
May 25–25,  2013

G44 – Basic Black and White Photography (Darkroom)

2013 Workshop
,
May 27–27,  2013

G44 – Documenting Artwork

2013 Workshop
May 28–28,  2013

G44 – Shooting Video with DSLR

2013 Workshop
,
June 2–2,  2013

G44 – Studio Lighting

2013 Workshop
,
June 5–5,  2013

G44 – Marketing through Social Media for Artists & Art Organization

2013 Workshop
,
June 4–4,  2013

G44 – Grant Writing

2013 Workshop
,
May 25–June 1,  2013

So You Want To Shoot For Magazines?

2013 Workshop
,
May 4–4,  2013

Vistek – Landscape Photography

2013 Workshop
,
May 11–11,  2013

Vistek – Photographing Dance

2013 Workshop
,
May 3–5,  2013

Vistek – Fine Art Digital Printing Workshop

2013 Workshop
,
May 11–11,  2013

Vistek – Flash Photography

2013 Workshop
,
May 11–11,  2013

Vistek – Event Photography

2013 Workshop
,
May 27–28,  2013

Vistek – Intro to Photography Tour

2013 Workshop
,
May 27–28,  2013

Vistek – The Look Fabulous Tour

2013 Workshop
,
May 4–4,  2013

Vistek – Macro & Close-up Photography

2013 Tour
Robert Flaherty, Portrait of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, Church Street, Toronto, 1914 Gift of the estates of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, 1983. 86/117  Art Gallery of Ontario.
AGO
May 2–2,  2013

AGO 1st Thursdays
Curator Chat: Light my Fire

2013 Tour
Sebastião Salgado, Bryce Canyon National Park during a snowstorm. Utah. USA, 2010 Courtesy of Amazonas Images
May 28–28,  2013

A Definition of Awe: Dialogues about Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis

2013 Event
,
May 31–31,  2013

Performance: Patent Pending

2013 Event
Jason Evans, A long, long time AGO / Media Productions / Lee, Gary, Pat, Danny, Zo, Greg, Barb, 2012
AGO
May 2–2,  2013

AGO 1st Thursdays
Jason Evans Roving DJ Performance