Ten years ago the Festival’s first thematic focus raised a question that has been contemplated since the creation of the medium: are photographs truthful representations? Today this question remains contentious, as photography’s relationship to reality persistently transforms. While evolving technologies have resulted in irrevocable changes in the way images are…

Ten years ago the Festival’s first thematic focus raised a question that has been contemplated since the creation of the medium: are photographs truthful representations? Today this question remains contentious, as photography’s relationship to reality persistently transforms. While evolving technologies have resulted in irrevocable changes in the way images are created and viewed, efforts to stabilize their role and function are increasingly complex and all the more superfluous. In recent years, the debate concerning the veracity of the photograph has developed into questioning the medium itself: what is photography today? The fact that this question has so many possible answers reflects an ever-expanding engagement with photography. In essence, it is both a profound means of expression and an everyday obsession that informs how life is explained, understood, experienced, and remembered. As innovative manifestations of photography continue to emerge, the time-honoured practices that ground them acquire momentum and simultaneously evolve. Breaking away from the framing of a specific thematic narrative, CONTACT 2015 celebrates photography as a medium without boundaries.

This year’s Festival presents a spectrum of Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations, drawn together to exemplify the extraordinary breadth and scope of photo-based imagery today. Collaborating with partners across Toronto, this succession of shows includes some of the earliest examples of photographic documentation, as well as recently commissioned images shown for the first time. Although the projects embody more than 170 years of the practice and highly disparate philosophical and technical concerns, several common threads bind them together.

On buildings, billboards, and subway platforms or in major museums and galleries, the images in this year’s Festival  transform the experience of the city. Painterly or sculptural, abstract or representational, still or moving, ephemeral or enduring, each of them are innovations of photography, regardless of whether they were captured by a camera, cut from a magazine, output by a computer, exposed under the sun, or printed in a darkroom. Throughout the month of May in Toronto, CONTACT has no boundaries.

Bonnie Rubenstein
Artistic Director

2015 Primary Exhibition
Henryk Ross, Lodz ghetto: Woman with her child (Ghetto policemen’s family), 1940-42 Art Gallery of Ontario Gift from Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007 © Art Gallery of Ontario
AGO
January 31–June 14,  2015

Henryk Ross
Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

2015 Primary Exhibition
Yto Barrada, Hoarding, Briech, from The Strait Project, 2002 Courtesy Galerie Polaris
May 22–July 11,  2015

Yto Barrada
Beaux Gestes

2015 Primary Exhibition
Vanley Burke, Africa Liberation Day, Handsworth Park, 1977 Courtesy of the artist
April 30–May 31,  2015

Vanley Burke
Watchers, Seekers, Keepers

2015 Primary Exhibition
Lorenzo Vitturi, Plastic Blue #1 & 2, from the series Dalston Anatomy, 2013 Courtesy of the artist
May 2–June 27,  2015

Lorenzo Vitturi
Dalston Anatomy

2015 Primary Exhibition
Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2005
May 1–31,  2015

Group Exhibition
La Mirada en el Otro: Conexiones/Confrontaciones

2015 Primary Exhibition
Brea Souders, Teeth and Shell, 2012. © Brea Souders, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY.
May 2–30,  2015

Ève K. Tremblay, Brea Souders, Maegan Hill-Carroll
Makeshift

2015 Primary Exhibition
Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, Episode of the Sea, 2014. Film still Courtesy of the artists
May 2–23,  2015

Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan
Episode of the Sea

2015 Primary Exhibition
Yto Barrada, Hoarding, Briech, from The Strait Project, 2002 Courtesy Galerie Polaris
May 7–July 25,  2015

Yto Barrada
Beaux Gestes

2015 Primary Exhibition
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Re-Generation, India, Annu, 2011 – 2015 Courtesy of the artist and sepiaEYE
May 2–October 18,  2015

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
Generations

2015 Primary Exhibition
Scott Conarroe, Forest Fire Plume, Golden BC, 2008 Courtesy of the artist and the Stephen Bulger
April 29–June 28,  2015

Scott Conarroe
Canada By Rail and By Sea

2015 Primary Exhibition
Mark Ruwedel, Splitting, 2013 Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti and Art 45
April 29–June 28,  2015

Mark Ruwedel
Scotiabank Photography Award

2015
Edson Chagas, Found Not Taken, Luanda, 2009 © Edson Chagas. Courtesy of Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg and A Palazzo Gallery, Italy
May 1–31,  2015

Edson Chagas
Found Not Taken

2015 Public Installation
Image courtesy of Archive of Modern Conflict Toronto, ,
May 1–31,  2015

Edouard LeBouthillier
Edouard

2015 Public Installation
Matthew Stone, Soul Retrieval, 2012-2015 Courtesy of the artist and The Hole, New York
May 1–31,  2015

Matthew Stone
Optimism as Cultural Rebellion

2015 Public Installation
Isabelle Wenzel, Red, Yellow, Blue 5, 2015 Courtesy of the artist
May 1–31,  2015

Isabelle Wenzel
Figures & Models of Surfaces

2015 Public Installation
Zineb Sedira, From the Shipwrecks series: the Death of a Journey V, 2008 Courtesy of the artist and galerie kamel mennour, Paris
May 1–September 7,  2015

Zineb Sedira
The Death of a Journey V

2015 Public Installation
Alejandro Cartagena, Carpoolers, 2011-2012 Courtesy of the artist and Circuit Gallery
May 1–31,  2015

Julia Krolik, Alejandro Cartagena, Owen Fernley
Contacting Toronto: Expanding Cities

2015 Juried Call
Yael Eban, Jenkins, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Group Exhibition
Exhibition Narrative

2015 Juried Call
Chris Shepherd, Lionel-Groulx Station Platform Montreal, 2014 Courtesy of Bau-Xi Photo
May 1–31,  2015

Chris Shepherd
Underground

2015 Juried Call
Nicholas Pye, Pastoral Expectation, 2014
April 30–May 30,  2015

Nicholas Pye
Rise and Fall

2015 Juried Call
James Notman, Group of Five Men and a Dog Playing Cards, 1882 From the collection of Robert Wilson, Photographic Historical Society of Canada.
May 1–31,  2015

More Real than Reality: The Art of Canadian Composite Photography, 1870-1930

2015 Juried Call
Grit Schwerdtfeger, 20 Oktober, 2010/2015,
May 7–31,  2015

Grit Schwerdtfeger
Zehn-Ten

2015 Juried Call
Elizabeth Zvonar, Join the Resistance, 2015
April 30–June 6,  2015

Elizabeth Zvonar
THE CHALLENGE OF ABSTRACTION

2015 Juried Call
Durdy Bayramov, Garlic Farm, 1970
May 1–June 6,  2015

Durdy Bayramov
Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life, 1960s–80s

2015 Juried Call
Rita Leistner, Afghanistan, 2011 © Rita Leistner / Basetrack
April 15–May 13,  2015

Rita Leistner
Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan

2015 Juried Call
Michael Barker, Untitled (from the series The Lab), 2013
May 1–31,  2015

Group Exhibition
Bright Lights Dark City: Niagara Custom Lab and Toronto Experimental Film

2015 Juried Call
Wil Murray, Rotten Row 4, 2014
May 2–30,  2015

Wil Murray, Randy Grskovic
Negative Exposure

2015 Juried Call
Malka Greene, His Father Over Time, (installation detail – photo from the Estate of Morris Resnick), 2015
April 16–June 14,  2015

Martha Baillie, Malka Greene, Alan Resnick
Erratics

2015 Juried Call
Zile Liepins,, Untitled, from the series No One Says Anything, Everyone Remembers Everything, 2013
May 1–31,  2015

Zile Liepins
No One Says Anything, Everyone Remembers Everything

2015 Juried Call
Michael Mitchell, Self-portrait, late 1970s Courtesy of the artist
April 29–May 31,  2015

A Telling Portrait : The Work and Collection of Michael Mitchell

2015 Juried Call
Chris Curreri, Untitled (Clay Portfolio), 2013
May 1–31,  2015

Chris Curreri
So Be It

2015 Juried Call
Josée Pedneault / Alejandro Garcia Contreras, New Gods Series, 2013
May 7–June 14,  2015

Alejandro Garcia Contreras, Josée Pedneault
The New Gods

2015 Open Call
Randy Grskovic, Demi-Vérité A, 2014
May 7–30,  2015

Group Exhibition
Dark Room 4.0

2015 Open Call
CALOPE, Rank by Rani,
May 2–3,  2015

Group Exhibition
INLAND: A Look at Canadian Fashion 

2015 Open Call
Colin Miner, Installation view of available light (#10-11), 2013
May 1–29,  2015

Colin Miner
What is to be done (available light)

2015 Open Call
Edie Steiner, Blondie, 1978
April 30–June 14,  2015

Group Exhibition
Women In Rock

2015 Open Call
Image courtesy of Archive of Modern Conflict Toronto, ,
May 2–June 30,  2015

Edouard LeBouthillier
CNE ’77

2015 Open Call
Philip Jessup, The 401, 2004
May 7–22,  2015

Group Exhibition
Roads

2015 Open Call
Mikaela Baker, , 2015
May 1–6,  2015

Group Exhibition
Sheridan College Grad Show

2015 Open Call
Frank Rodick, Portrait, Frances Rodick (You Must Console Me), 2012
April 30–May 31,  2015

Frank Rodick
Everything Will Be Forgotten

2015 Open Call
Lisette Dunin-Markiewicz, Clea, 2015
May 1–31,  2015

Rosedale Heights School of the Arts Students
Framed

2015 Open Call
Youth from Arts Etobicoke Drop-in, BFF, 2014
May 4–July 5,  2015

Arts Etobicoke Photography Participants
What surrounds me; An extension of me

2015 Open Call
Susan Collacott, Painted Paper Landform 3a, 2015
May 5–18,  2015

Group Exhibition
Freedom of Expression

2015 Open Call
Srdjan Gotovac, The Great Divide, 2012
May 4–31,  2015

Group Exhibition
Home On Two Continents

2015 Open Call
Ian Campbell, Reflections, 2009
May 7–June 4,  2015

Ian Campbell
Out of the Vault (Retrospective)

2015 Open Call
Robby Bernstein, Starlings Above the Pier (Brighton), 2014
April 1–May 31,  2015

Robby Bernstein
Light, Shapes, Shadows & Colour

2015 Open Call
Alex Fradkin, Brimstone,
May 1–September 10,  2015

Alex Fradkin
Fogo: The Ephemeral Isle at Earth’s Edge

2015 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2015

Moussa Faddoul
La Madre

2015 Open Call
Mark Nicol, Eilean Donan Bridge, 2011
May 8–22,  2015

Photographers Living with Vision Loss
The Mind’s Eye

2015 Open Call
Colin Boyd Shafer, Abdel (Born in Chad) at University of Toronto where he studies Kinesiology and Physical Education, 2014
May 8–June 28,  2015

Colin Boyd Shafer
Photographing the World, One Torontonian at a Time

2015 Open Call
Dan Bergeron, Faces of Regent Park – Christopher Paunil, 2015
May 1–June 28,  2015

Dan Bergeron
Faces of Regent Park

2015 Open Call
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April 30–May 31,  2015

Matthew Kudelka
Golden Horn: Photographs from Istanbul

2015 Open Call
Philip Jessup, Mai Po Mangrove Forest, Hong Kong, 2010
May 15–June 14,  2015

Philip Jessup
Imperiled Landscapes

2015 Open Call
Mondo Lulu, Rev Her Up And Ride, 2010
May 1–31,  2015

Armando Lulu
Life On 2

2015 Open Call
Roberta Bondar, Lion in a Tree, 2011
April 1–May 29,  2015

Roberta Bondar
Surviving the Savannah

2015 Open Call
Qendrim Hoti, 6, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Qendrim Hoti, Hongen Nar
Curious Encounters

2015 Open Call
Giulio Crisante, oneBYonethousand, 2013
April 29–May 10,  2015

giulio crisante
oneBYonethousand

2015 Open Call
Jihee Min, Red 02: A Study of Colour Triad, 2014
May 13–24,  2015

Group Exhibition
Witnesses

2015 Open Call
Randy Grskovic, Boxer, 2015
May 1–16,  2015

Randy Grskovic
Demi-Vérité

2015 Open Call
Gilles Goyette, Lost In Light - IMG 4333, 2014
May 2–June 13,  2015

Gilles Goyette
Lost in Light

2015 Open Call
Edgar Leciejewski, Rough form #25 (absolute clarity concerning the issue), 2014
May 19–June 27,  2015

Edgar Leciejewski
rough form

2015 Open Call
Lena Al Shakarchi, Untitled, 2013
May 9–31,  2015

Group Exhibition
Photography by Design

2015 Open Call
Raul Rincon, Nina Mirror 2, 2014
May 21–31,  2015

Group Exhibition
Xposé 2015

2015 Open Call
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May 1–30,  2015

Chris Albert, Kayla Robins
Movement And Nuances

2015 Open Call
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April 28–May 29,  2015

David Kaufman
Built To Last: Montreal’s Enduring Architecture

2015 Open Call
Craig Chambers, əmˈbädē N°1, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Craig Chambers
əmˈbädē

2015 Open Call
Gregory Varano, Peggy's Cove at Dusk, 2006
May 7–June 8,  2015

Gregory Varano, Greg Van Sickle
Canada East and West

2015 Open Call
Vegar Samuelsen, Untitled, 2011
May 1–31,  2015

Vegar Samuelsen
Dérive Through City Parks

2015 Open Call
Kevin J. Mellis, Untitled, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Hua Jin, Kevin J. Mellis
Crossroads

2015 Open Call
Adrian Fish, Aquaphilia# 1184, 2014
April 25–May 17,  2015

Adrian Fish
Aquaphilia IV: Critical Infrastructure

2015 Open Call
Mark Dorf, untitled9, 2012
May 1–31,  2015

Mark Dorf
//_PATH

2015 Open Call
Eric Parker, Fukushima Vending Machine, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Eric Parker, Avo Koplimae
Altered Environments

2015 Open Call
HU YANG, The Soul Course of Immigrants, 2015
May 2–30,  2015

Group Exhibition
Prism

2015 Open Call
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May 3–29,  2015

Ted Witek
Cento Citá — 33/100

2015 Open Call
Benjamin Rondel, Garage, Ontario, 2013
May 21–June 10,  2015

Benjamin Rondel
I Work Here

2015 Open Call
Christine Flynn, Duel, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Christine Flynn
The North American Bison

2015 Open Call
Ethan Russell, Keith Richards, 1972
May 1–31,  2015

Group Exhibition
The Rolling Stones – A Rock & Roll Retrospective

2015 Open Call
Marcia Leeder, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, 2012
May 1–31,  2015

Marcia Leeder
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

2015 Open Call
Sarika Sehgal, Musings In Matera, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Sarika Sehgal
Basilicata : Experiments in blue

2015 Open Call
Gabby Frank, 100 Year Old Chair,
May 14–June 10,  2015

Group Exhibition
The Fortune of Having Been There: OCAD University Photo Thesis Graduation Exhibition

2015 Open Call
Sheila Jonah, Storm Front, Incoming, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

John Drajewicz, Natalie Draz, Sheila Jonah
Conflict and Collaboration – Storm Front Arriving

2015 Open Call
DNA Dodds, Slats, 2005
April 22–May 10,  2015

Group Exhibition
Urban Exposures

2015 Open Call
Lorne Fromer, wordpoem #1, 2015
May 2–30,  2015

Lorne Fromer
PAINT-O-graphica

2015 Open Call
Nigel Downer, Open Road, 2013
May 1–30,  2015

Nigel Downer
From Comics to Cameras

2015 Open Call
Colin Boyd Shafer, Untitled 8, 2013
May 1–31,  2015

Colin Boyd Shafer
Solid/Void. speculations on urban green space

2015 Open Call
Ron Wood, ,
May 23–June 6,  2015

Ron Wood
A Beautiful Step Forward: Wedding Shoe Portraits

2015 Open Call
Dominic Bugatto, ES 081, 2013
April 29–May 13,  2015

Dominic Bugatto
Incidental Galleries and Endangered Species

2015 Open Call
Lora Moore-Kakaletris, Andreas, 2014
May 2–31,  2015

Lora Moore-Kakaletris
Water Series

2015 Open Call
Julia Lehmann, SELFOSS 1, 2013
May 1–30,  2015

Group Exhibition
Outside In

2015 Open Call
Heather MacArthur Bell, Untitled, 2012
May 1–July 25,  2015

Heather MacArthur Bell
Living With Construction

2015 Open Call
Arnaud Maggs, After Nadar: Pierrot the Photographer, 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Acquisitions Assistance Program, 2012.
April 28–May 30,  2015

Group Exhibition
persona

2015 Open Call
Blake Morrow, Beach Beth, 2014
May 1–31,  2015

Blake Morrow
The Beth Project

2015 contact-gallery
Cristina de Middel, Arufin, 2014
September 24–November 7,  2015

Cristina de Middel
This Is What Hatred Did

2015 contact-gallery
Michel Huneault, Chaudière River, heavily contaminated by the oil spill, August 2013
January 29–March 13,  2015

Michel Huneault
La longue nuit de Mégantic

2015 Artist Talk
Vanley Burke, Untitled, Barbershop in Gambia, 2007
May 3–3,  2015

Vanley Burke

2015 Artist Talk
Ève K. Tremblay, Clair Obscur dans l'atelier de mon père #2 (prisme et rideau de douche), 2013
May 2–2,  2015

Makeshift

2015 Artist Talk
Kevin J Mellis, Mo'Mi, 2014
May 10–10,  2015

Crossroads: reception and panel discussion

2015 Artist Talk
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May 23–23,  2015

The Photographs of Frank (Franz) Johnston

2015 lecture
Alejandro Cartagena, Carpoolers, 2011 - 2012 Courtesy of the artist and Circut Gallery
May 8–8,  2015

Learning from Latin American (Sub)Urbanism

2015 Artist Talk
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May 14–14,  2015

Be A Scribe: Treaty Canoe and Voyageur

2015 Artist Talk
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May 22–22,  2015

Sally Mann In Conversation with Paul Roth

2015 lecture
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May 5–5,  2015

The Photobook

2015 lecture
Mark Power , Poland. Upper Silesia. Zabrze, 2004 Courtesy of Magnum Photos
May 23–23,  2015

Mark Power – Cancelled

2015 lecture
 Michael Christopher Brown, Democratic Republic Of The Congo. Goma., 2014
May 22–22,  2015

Michael Christopher Brown – Cancelled

2015 lecture
Process photo for Larry Towell, Then Palestine © Larry Towell/Magnum Photos, ,
May 24–24,  2015

Larry Towell

2015 lecture
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May 6–6,  2015

Nikon Lecture with Tony Beck: Wildlife Photography – Keeping It Simple

2015 lecture
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May 13–13,  2015

Nikon Lecture with Sam Sciarrino: Lighting on Location

2015 lecture
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May 20–20,  2015

Nikon Lecture with Michelle Valberg: Adventure Travel and Wildlife Photography

2015 lecture
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May 27–27,  2015

Nikon Lecture with Kristian Bogner: Take Your Sports Photography to the Extreme

2015 lecture
Geoffrey James, Visitor Centre,  Kingston Penitentiary, 2013
May 9–9,  2015

The Virtual Coffee Table: Photobooks in the Digital Age

2015 lecture
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May 19–19,  2015

Vistek: An Evening with John Paul Caponigro

2015 Launch
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May 28–28,  2015

The Bird and the Cup

2015 Launch
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April 30–30,  2015

Gallery TPW Opening Party

2015 screening
Michel Barker, Untitled (from the series The Lab), 2013
May 25–25,  2015

Early Monthly Segments #73 = Niagara Custom Lab

2015 Workshop
Rob Norton, Le Passé Restera Encore #4, 2004
May 9–9,  2015

G44: Tintypes – Rob Norton

2015 Workshop
Toni Hafkenscheid, Dad,
May 17–17,  2015

G44: Studio Lighting – Toni Hafkenscheid

2015 Workshop
Toni Hafkenscheid, Scan Failure #1, 2015
May 3–3,  2015

G44: Painting and its Darkroom Double – Wil Murray

2015 Workshop
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May 16–16,  2015

G44: Intermediate B&W – Ruth Kaplan

2015 Workshop
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May 10–10,  2015

G44: Salt/Albumen Prints

2015 Workshop
Toni Hafkenscheid, Scan Failure #1, 2015
May 26–26,  2015

G44: Best Scanning Practices – Toni Hafkenscheid

2015 Workshop
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May 20–20,  2015

G44: Experimental Film & Paper – Christine Lucy Latimer

2015 Workshop
Alejandro Cartagena, Carpoolers, 2011 - 2012 Courtesy of the artist and Circut Gallery
May 6–7,  2015

Alejandro Cartagena
The Photobook

2015 Workshop
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May 19–21,  2015

Vistek: Fine Art Digital Printing with John Paul Caponigro

2015 Workshop
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May 30–30,  2015

Vistek: Lightroom and Workflow with Michael Willems

2015 Workshop
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May 16–16,  2015

Vistek: Flash with Michael Willems

2015 Event
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May 2–2,  2015

Jimmy Limit with Self Publish, Be Happy

2015 Event
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May 23–23,  2015

Whiskey Walk