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Luminato shines with stellar (free) events!

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Next week marks the beginning of this year’s Luminato festival in Toronto (June 5 – 14, to be precise) and there are a wealth of exciting, free events happening that include live music performances, dance lessons, book readings, film screenings and a World Record attempt. Two events, in particular, jump right off the page to us: Raphael Mazzucco’s Mixed Media Installation and Shadow Notes: with Danny Clinch, Ralph Gibson & Andy Summers (yes – Andy Summers from The Police). Mazzucco’s work has been featured in ELLE and Vogue magazines and his exhibition (which runs for the entirety of the festival…

Vistek Presents: The Creative Series – with Pro Photographer Gary Ray Rush

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A 4-part instructional series designed to inform and teach the basics of photography will take place June 16 – 24 at Vistek’s Toronto location. Experienced teacher & accomplished photographer, Gary Ray Rush,  uses the theory & application approach in these highly-interactive sessions that will give attendees ample opportunity to learn photography in a fun, hands-on environment. Class topics include: Creative Camera – Learn the photographic basics that apply to every camera ever made, film or digital, beginner to professional. Students will learn to shoot in manual mode to understand the principles of how an image is made. Language of the…

Photo Critique: Submission #1

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Ray took this picture of his wife and daughter with a Nikon D50 with Tamron 18-200 lens. He back lit the shot with a south facing window. The shot was converted to black & white and cropped using Capture NX and further adjusted in CS2. Matt Hunter says: “Great composition with the Mother-Baby emotional tone.  It could be improved with a little less of a close-crop on the mother’s face. Expanding the crop on the right would relax the image with the space of the Mother’s face from the edge of the photo.  The expression and attention of both was…

9th Annual Chang School Photography Exhibit at Ryerson

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This year’s Chang School Photography Exhibit kicks off with it’s Opening Reception Thursday, June 25, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This annual event gives photography and image arts students an opportunity to display their best work in a juried show. And each year, a leading professional from the photography community selects several works for their outstanding merit. The winning artists receive valuable awards that in the past have included tuition for a Chang School course and a $500 gift certificate from a photography-supply merchant. When:  – June 25* to July 11, 2009 *Opening Reception: Thursday, June 25  from 6:00…

Canada on Display

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There are a lot of talented people showcasing their works from East coast to West… get out there and see them! Here are just a few to get you started: Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto, ON) Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance (May 26 to June 2, 2009) → Features photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the 1969 eight-day bed-in for Peace in Montréal. Alison Rossiter: Lament (until May 23, 2009) → Features new works by American photographer Alison Rossiter Confederation Centre (Charlottetown, PEI) RBC Emerging Artists Series Exhibit (until May 31, 2009) →  Features PEI photographer Becka Viau’s…

Canada on Display

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From East Coast to West Coast, there are a lot of talented people putting their images of Canada on display and we think you should get out there and see them! Here are just a few to get you started: Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto, ON) Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance (May 26 to June 2, 2009) Features photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the 1969 eight-day bed-in for Peace in Montréal. Alison Rossiter: Lament (until May 23, 2009) Features new works by American photographer Alison Rossiter Confederation Centre (Charlottetown, PEI) RBC Emerging Artists Series Exhibit (until May…

Ryerson University Film Festival: May 14-16

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The Ryerson University Film Festival starts May 14 and runs through until May 16. The 3-day event showcases over 30 films produced by Ryerson University’s graduating class and runs the gamut from sci-fi, historical, drama, horror and comedy, to documentary and experimental. This annual public showcase of thesis works takes place at the Royal Cinema on College St. in Toronto and tickets can be purchased, in advance,  online.

Twitter introduces tweetPhoto

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A new free photo sharing service now allows Twitter users to easily upload photos and have them automatically published & turned into tweets on Twitter. Yes, yes… another 2.0 user generated content site. But this one – tweetPhoto – is a real amalgam of previously existing sites. For want of a better description, imagine Flickr and Facebook and Twitter all rolled into one. The site launched April 30 and encorporates many of the features utlized by other photosharing sites (mobile uploads, image tagging, geotagging etc.) and throws in the handy social networking features of Twitter and Facebook Connect (which allows you…

CONTACT: 2009 MFA Documentary Media Discussion

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As part of this years’ CONTACT festival, Ryerson University is presenting MFA Documentary Media Discussion – a select artist presentation and panel discussion  moderated by Esther Choi. This free event takes place May 21 at 7pm in Jorgenson Hall (350 Victoria St.) and features guest speakers  Tori Foster, Ryan Gauvin, Lara Rosenoff and Marie Wustner. Bringing together documentarians from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program at Ryerson is home to students producing works that find their roots in fine art, photojournalism, anthropology and experimental media. Date: Thursday, May 21 Time: 7pm Location:…

May 1: CONTACT Festival Launch

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This year’s CONTACT festival takes place May 1 to 31 and gets underway Friday from 7 – 10pm with its Festival Launch & Still Revolution Opening Celebration at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. And, as an added bonus, there is no cover charge for the event – which boasts an evening of reveling with festival artists, photographers and special guests. CONTACT 2009 is a yearly month-long festival of photography that showcases over 1000 local, national and international artists in over 220 venues across the GTA. Touted as the largest photography event in the world, CONTACT has grown…

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