“La longue nuit de Mégantic”

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Here’s your chance to view the 2014 CONTACT Portfolio Review Exhibition Award winner.

Jacques. First swim of the year in Lac Mégantic. June 2014 by Michel Huneault

Jacques. First swim of the year in Lac Mégantic. June 2014 by Michel Huneault

On July 6, 2013, within hours of the explosion, Montreal-based photographer Michel Huneault arrived in Lac-Mégantic and began his year-long project of documenting one of Canada’s worst-ever train disasters.

The series of large-format and small photographs, predominantly of the town’s landscape, brings to mind the viewpoint of a wanderer, or stunned observer.

Often at night Huneault would return to the same streets, houses or sites, retracing the geography of the scarred place, sometimes encountering locals on a similar journey. As a result, the images convey the passing of time and evoke the emotions of loss, absence and searching.

Public viewing of La longue nuit de Mégantic begins Thursday, January 29, and will run until March 13 at the CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205, Toronto.
Opening Reception Thursday January 29, 6 – 9pm, remarks at 7pm

For more information: 416-539-9595
CONTACT Gallery Website

About the award: Judged by a jury of international professional photographers, the CONTACT Portfolio Review Exhibition Award recognizes outstanding work of talented emerging artists, with the intent of supporting and advancing their careers. Vistek is a proud sponsor of CONTACT and, in particular, the Portfolio Review Exhibition Award.

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Registration for the 2015 CONTACT Portfolio Reviews opens February 1, 2015:  REGISTER HERE