The CONTACT Photobook Fair brings together more than 20 independent publishers and leading contemporary photographers to present newly released publications. The fair offers a number of book signings, an exhibition by the Toronto Photobook Library, and the opportunity for emerging photographers to present their projects at the Book Dummy Sessions. This event was conceived with the desire to create a space for practitioners and book enthusiasts to build connections, discover new projects, and exchange ideas on books and photography.

Local and international publishers include Ahorn Books (Berlin), Archive of Modern Conflict (London), Anchorless Press (Toronto), Aperture Books (New York), Bywater Bros. (Port Colborne), JMS Press (Toronto), J&L Books (New York), Les Éditions du renard (Montreal), Mörel Books (London), Spaces Corners (Pittsburgh), and TBW Books (Oakland).

Book Signings

1pm Debra Friedman Coming of Age in Wonderland: Portraits of Teenage Bermuda Daylight Books

Charles-Frédérick Ouellet Le Naufrage Les Éditions du renard

Cristian Ordóñez A Way to Disconnect and Connect Ediciones Daga

Signing by Dietmar Riemann A Saxon Light Artist and His Photographs: Karl Spieß, 1891-1945 Published by Mitteldeutscher Verlag

Guillaume Simoneau Experimental Lake Published by MACK

Donald Weber War Sands Self-published

2pm Robert Burley An Enduring Wilderness Published by ECW Press

Bertrand Carrière Le Capteur Published by Les Éditions du renard

Jason Fulford TBW Books Annual Series No. 6 Published by TBW Books

Naomi Harris EUSA Kehrer-Verlag

Ruth Kaplan Bathers Published by Damiani

Louie Palu Front Towards Enemy Published by Yoffy

On view 11am-5pm Established by photographer Zackery Hobler, the Toronto Photobook Library creates temporary reading rooms to engage with a curated selection of photobooks. The theme for this iteration, Big and Small, points to the vast scale on which the medium spans from small-run, self-published books to genre-defining anthologies.

Supported by the Consulate General of the United States, Toronto, and Vistek.

Related Programs

The Photobook: New Projects & Collaborations Panel Discussion – Free and open to the public May 5, 6:30 – 8pm at 460 King (Brainstation) In conjunction with the CONTACT Photobook Fair, exhibiting publishers Ahorn Books, Aron Mörel, TBW Books, and Spaces Corners will present their recent projects and collaborations. Moderated by Brian Sholis, executive director at Gallery TPW.