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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…

Photographing an Era: The ’60s and ’70s

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The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University is giving you the opportunity to hear from the people behind the photographs. Iconic images of Presidents, international leaders & celebrities captured an era on a worldwide scale and opened doors to photojournalists like never before. Photographing an Era: The ’60s and ’70s takes place May 9 at 3pm.  James Pickerell, Steve Schapiro and Fred Ward – 3 prominent photographers from these captivating decades – lead a panel discussion of two decades that changed the world of photojournalism and allowed unparalleled access into the private lives of public figures. When: Sat. May 9/09…

April 26 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.

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2009 marks the 9th annual celebration of the pinhole camera: one of the oldest photographic tools, used to create photos without a lens. Anyone, anywhere in the world, who takes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April (the 26th this year), can scan their image and upload it to the website where it will become part of this premier gallery of lenless photography. If you haven’t already, get creative and build your own pinhole camera (google has a wealth of sites to walk you through it) to see how creative you can get without the use of your…

Magnum Photo Workshop at this year’s CONTACT Festival.

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As part of CONTACT 2009, an intimate shooting workshop for both professional and amateur photographers is being held as part of the Magnum Photo Workshop Toronto. The 5-day event is open to the public (tuition will set you back $1,250 USD) and participants will get hands-on instruction and review sessions with their choice of one of 6 Magnum Photographers (Bruno Barbey, Chien-Chi Chang, David Alan Harvey, Alex Majoli, Peter Marlow or Mark Power.) You’ll also get a pass for the week-long photo lecture series taking place each evening at The Drake Hotel. It should be noted that this isn’t a…

The Hahnemuhle 425th Anniversary Photo Award Contest

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Not many companies can boast that sort of longevity. And, to celebrate this milestone, the German paper manufacturer is presenting The Hahnemuhle 425th Anniversary Photo Award Contest. The open international competition (themed For Originals) invites photographers to present their unique visions of people, objects and moods from the most original perspective possible. Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2009. Hahnemuhle will be awarding non-cash prizes, in several categories, worth €36,000. Winning entries will also become part of the prestigious Hahnemuhle Anniversary Collection, a travelling exhibition scheduled for hanging in the major photo capitals around the world.

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