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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2010
Jessica Dimmock, Jessica Simpson, 2008, from the series Paparazzi! © Jessica Dimmock/VII Network

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2010

Susan Anderson » Evan Baden » Jodi Bieber » Lucas Blalock » Dana Claxton » Douglas Coupland » Jessica Dimmock » Kota Ezawa » Marina Gadonneix » Jacqueline Hassink » John Armstrong & Paul Collins » David LaChapelle » Ryan McGinley » Josephine Meckseper » Clunie Reid » Stefan Ruiz » Joachim Schmid » Matt Siber » Alec Soth » Hank Willis Thomas » Christopher Wahl »

Exhibition: – 30 May 2010

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

310-80 Spadina Avenue
MSV - 254 Toronto



Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2010
Dana Claxton, Daddy's Gotta A New Ride, 2008 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Purchase 2009

CONTACT is an annual month long festival of photography with over 1000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area in May. Founded as a not-for-profit organization 14 years ago, CONTACT is devoted to celebrating, and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. As the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Toronto, CONTACT stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.5 million and is focused on cultivating even greater interest and participation this year. THEME Pervasive Influence Exploring the social and political consequences of the medium of photography, in a world devoted to the image. As technology evolves we witness the transformation of photography alongside the shifting social, political and cultural events of our times. In this era of instant information the image is stimulating unprecedented change in the way we communicate. In 1964 Marshall McLuhan wrote of the photograph as "the brothel without walls". He described photographs as "dreams that money can buy" which could be "hugged and thumbed more easily than public prostitutes." If we consider his metaphor within today’s global culture rife with image saturation, is the illusion images create now preferable to reality? Has the authority of the photograph been enhanced over time? Does it command our choices and grow stronger as the technology evolves? Or is photography losing its power to communicate ideas? Is its ability to convey meaning now diluted by the widespread dissemination of images? CONTACT 2010 will consider the ways in which photography informs and transforms human behavior. The festival will recognize the influence of Marshall McLuhan, on the 30th anniversary year of his death. We will present images that examine connections between mass media, advertising, art and photography. This includes conceptual approaches to photography that utilize the codes of advertising, the language of consumerism, the stylization of marketing campaigns and the force of propaganda. Photojournalism and socially concerned documentary photography will provide a realist-based examination of the emotional and political impact of images and their effect on society and culture. CONTACT 2010 will explore the personal and social consequences of the medium of photography, in a world devoted to the image. EXHIBITIONS 2010 Theme | Primary Exhibitions | Public Installations | Featured Exhibitions | Open Exhibitions PROGRAMS Portfolio Reviews | Magnum Workshop | TVO Films | Talks | Events

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2010
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (It), 2010 (details) courtesy of the Artist
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2010
Jodi Bieber, Brenda, From the series Real Beauty, 2008, Jodi Bieber/INSTITUTE