Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Unknown photographer, Unidentified woman, 1870-1880. Tintype, 3x2.5”. Richard Bell Family Fonds, Brock University Archives. Courtesy of Brock University Archives. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.
Unknown photographer, Unidentified woman
2017 Lecture

AGO/CONTACT International Photography Talks: Free Black North Explored

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W

Join us for a conversation lead by Julie Crooks, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s newly appointed assistant curator of photography, on her exhibition Free Black North. The exhibition features close to 30 rarely seen photographs of men, women and children living in Ontario in the mid-to-late 1800s, many of whom were descendants of Black refugees who escaped enslavement in the southern United States. The program includes a panel of artists, writers and scholars who will discuss how, historically, Black Canadian communities used photography as a tool to visualize and lay claim to their complex histories, and how these issues shape the lives of Black Canadians today.

The AGO and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival present a landmark series of talks featuring leading international artists and thinkers reflecting on the history and future of photography and its impact on our culture.

Supported by Penny Rubinoff. Free tickets available online at

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.