It’s May, YAY!

May is the best month in Toronto for a few reasons, university has just finished, the last remnants of Spring are all but gone, oh and it’s CONTACT, the largest photography festival in the world! CONTACT is huge so there is definitely more than a few shows of interest for everyone, at the same time it’s so big that it can be overwhelming. With that in mind I’m sharing my CONTACT picks divided into three posts for lectures, TV Shows and, Gallery Shows. Be sure to let me know what you are most excited for in the comments or on Twitter (@photoshowto).


Looking over the special events section of the CONTACT magazine the following lectures jumped out.


Why Photography Matters as Document as Never Before – Jorge Ribalta

Last semester I took an advanced photo theory course where a lot of the discussion revolved around the meaning of photography, its impact, and its weight. Media as we know it is changing at an ever increasing pace and doing documentary work myself, I am immensely interested in this lecture.

When: May 4, 7PM  |  Where: Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., room LIB72, Toronto


Magnum Photographers Lectures

Magnum photographers, Mark Power, Bruno Barbey, Chien-Chi Chang, Peter Marlow, David Allen Harvey, and Christopher Anderson discuss their work. I love Magnum and will one day be a member so I can’t miss these. Note that the CONTACT magazine has incorrect info about this event, there is no longer a lecture on May 6 (it has been combined with the May 7 lecture).

When: May  5 & 7, 6:30pm  |  Where: Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street W, Toronto M6J 1J3


Photographing An Era: The ’60S & ’70S

A panel discussion between three photographers whose work is in the Black Star Collection, James Pickerell, Steve Schapiro and Fred Ward. This promises to be a great discussion as these guys photographer amidst the heart of the Cold War. I don’t think I’ll be able to make it to this but you should definitely check it out.

When: May 9, 3pm  |  Where: Ryerson University, Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould St, room RCC-204


Quick Fix – Vanessa Gronoswki

A lecture about “photo blogging and how the presence of a photographer can transform the nature of an event.”  This pick is sort of hit or miss as discussions around these topics tend to be either insightful and interesting or really dull.

When: May 14, 7PM  |  Where: Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street W, Toronto


***Be sure to check the links to any events you might be attending as dates and times can change as they have for the Magnum lectures.***


Mark your calendars as these lectures, unlike CONTACT shows, only happen one day. See you there.

My next post is going to be about TV Shows as TVO is having photography month!


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