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Kasha Slavner – On the Sunny Side of the Street

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Kasha Slavner is an award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer who’s passion for social justice and activism is the inspiration behind her powerful imagery. We recently sat down with Kasha to ask a few questions and learn a little more about this talented image maker in preparation for her gallery showings at Vistek Toronto and Vistek Mississauga this May. How did you get your start in Photography? I got my start in photography at a very early age, although I didn’t recognize it as a real passion that I should pursue until I was 14. Some of my fondest memories…

May is Celebrate Photography Month at Vistek – Contest, Events and More!

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Get up, Get out and Celebrate Photography this Spring! Longer days and shorter nights. Rising temperatures and a refreshing whiff of spring in the air. These are just some of the reasons we look forward to May here in Canada, but for many of us, it’s the annual CONTACT photography festival that has us chomping at the bit. Hundreds of artists showing at 200 venues. Images too many to count. But there’s another reason to get fired up this time of year. At Vistek, we like to celebrate Photography Month our own special way, and we invite you to come…

Sign Up For The Vistek Gear Up for Winter Contest

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Forget what the weather forecasters are calling for. The Vistek Gear Up For Winter Contest, – featuring four incredible prize packs worth over $13,000 – is going to make this winter seem like the hottest on record! Contest Period Sign up for the Vistek Gear Up for Winter Contest anytime between November 30, 2018 and January 31, 2019 for a chance to be one of four lucky winners! How to Enter* Provide all required information as detailed on the Vistek Gear Up For Winter Contest eNews Sign-up page anytime between Friday, November 30, 2018 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and…

10 Must See Photography Documentaries to Watch Over A Weekend

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If you are looking for something to do over a rainy weekend, why not check out some of these amazing photography documentaries. Bill Cunningham New York (2010) – Available for rent in the iTunes Store IMDB Summary: “A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.” – IMDB Finding Vivian Maier (2013) – Available on Netflix Canada IMDB Summary: “A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.” – IMDB Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids…

Canada C3 CONTACT Festival Gallery – Vistek Mississauga

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Canada C3 CONTACT Festival Gallery – “Coast to Coast to Coast, Connecting an Ocean Nation” In 2017, Canada C3 was a Canada 150 Signature Project that connected Canadians from coast to coast to coast. At the centre of this project was a 150-day ship-based expedition that left Toronto on June 1st, 2017 and travelled over 25,000 kilometres along Canada’s coastline, the longest of any country in the world, arriving in Victoria on October 28th, 2017. Don’t forget to check out all of the exciting events Vistek is hosting during the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.Four central themes shaped the Canada C3…

Spencer Wynn CONTACT Festival Gallery: Canada 150 – Vistek Toronto

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In late 2017, Toronto based photographer Spencer Wynn set out on an epic month long, 11,400 kilometre cross-country photographic road trip in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary documenting our nation’s beautiful and varied landscapes along the way. Don’t forget to check out all of the exciting events Vistek is hosting during the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.Canada 150 – Cross-Canada Photographic Journey Armed with Fujifilm’s GFX 50S medium format camera, Spencer captured hundreds of stunning images that highlight the beauty and diversity of the Canadian landscape. Spencer’s official CONTACT Festival gallery contains 14 images that feature the West Coast, the big…

2018 InFocus Photo Exhibition – Edmonton Feb 5 – March 2

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Now in it’s fourth year, Edmonton’s InFocus Photo Exhibition continues to promote and showcase the outstanding work of both established and emerging Canadian Photographers. The mission of InFocus Photography Exhibition & Awards is to promote & exhibit innovative, thoughtful and provocative photography created by Canadian contemporary image-makers.”Taking place during the month of February, InFocus Photo features portfolio reviews, the Mastermind group talk and of course the exhibition and awards ceremony which takes place at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel on February 8th. This year’s theme is “Next Level” featuring photos of all subject matter and styles that speak to Next Level…

Sign Up for Vistek’s – Gear Up for Winter – eNews Contest

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Vistek is giving away five prize packages with a combined value of over $16,500 so you can “Gear Up for Winter”! ** CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED** Sign up for the Vistek “Gear Up for Winter” eNews Contest anytime between December 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 for a chance to be one of five lucky winners! CONTEST PERIOD Contest Period runs from December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018 How to Enter Provide all required information as detailed on the Vistek eNews Gear Up For Winter Contest Sign Up page anytime between Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time…

Earl Havlin: The Eyes Have It. – Faces – Photo Series – Vistek Ottawa

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Closely cropping his images to avoid distractions from the background of other parts of the body, Earl Havlin’s portrait series “Faces”, explores how focusing primarily on the eyes of his subjects can influence the mood of the image and capture the viewer’s attention. We talked to Earl to find out a little more about the photographer behind the lens. Vistek: How did you get your start in photography? EH: “I started when my sister gave me a camera when I was 12 years old.” Vistek: What was your first camera? EH: “I think it was a 127 point and shoot,…

Announcing Vistek’s Capture Canada Photo Contest Winners

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Vistek would like to congratulate and thank all of the photographers who entered our Capture Canada Photo Contest which ran from May 1 – June 30, 2017. We were very impressed with all of the high quality photos (424 to be exact) that were entered, and while we wish we could award all of our participants, we did have the tough job of whittling it down to just final three images. So, without further ado, here are the three winning images as chosen by our panel of judges. Capture Canada Photo Contest Winners 1st Place – Northern Lights Photographer: Sheri…

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