The CONTACT Photobook Fair brings together independent publishers and leading contemporary photographers to present newly released publications. The fair offers a number of book signings 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.
Past participants 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); with book signings by Robert Burley, Bertrand Carrière, Debra Friedman, Naomi Harris, Ruth Kaplan, Charles-Frédérick Ouellet, Cristian Ordóñez, Louie Palu, Dietmar Riemann, Guillaume Simoneau, and Donald Weber.
Artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a photobook are welcome to have their work seen by a publisher or photographer featured in the fair at the Book Dummy Sessions. Through casual meetings, individuals will receive conceptual and practical insight into their projects.