CONTACT is an annual month-long festival of photography exhibitions and events held throughout the Greater Toronto Area during the month of May.
CONTACT 2010 THEMATIC FOCUS
As technology evolves we witness the transformation of photography alongside the shifting social, political and cultural events of our times. In this era of instant information the image is stimulating sweeping, unprecedented change in the way we communicate.
In 1964 Marshall McLuhan wrote of the photograph as “the brothel without walls”. He described photographs as “dreams that money can buy” which could be “hugged and thumbed more easily than public prostitutes.” If we consider his metaphor within today’s global culture rife with image saturation, is the illusion images create now preferable to reality? Has the authority of the photograph been enhanced over time? Does it command our choices and grow stronger as the technology evolves? Or is photography losing its power to communicate ideas? Is its ability to convey meaning now diluted by the widespread dissemination of images?
CONTACT 2010 will consider the ways in which photography informs and transforms human behavior. The festival will recognize the influence of Marshall McLuhan, on the 30th anniversary year of his death. We will present images that examine connections between mass media, advertising, art and photography. This includes conceptual approaches to photography that utilize the codes of advertising, the language of consumerism, the stylization of marketing campaigns and the force of propaganda. Photojournalism and socially concerned documentary photography will provide a realist-based examination of the emotional and political impact of images and their effect on society and culture. CONTACT 2010 will explore the personal and social consequences of the medium of photography, in a society devoted to the image.
We invite you to post your photos and share your experiences at CONTACT 2009 FLICKR GROUP
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- blogTO 257,139 photos, 6,958 members
- CONTACT 2008: BETWEEN MEMORY AND HISTORY 138 photos, 104 members
- FlickrCentral 9,459,490 photos, 246,092 members
- Group Announcements 0 photos, 2,335 members
- Contact Toronto Photography Festival 1,477 photos, 304 members
- Urban Interventions 7,759 photos, 134 members
- PHOTOSHO magazine 16,239 photos, 741 members
- canadian street art 5,129 photos, 241 members
- Canadian Urban Photography 8,021 photos, 208 members
- CANADA >>> 1 Million Canadian Photos (56,062 Photos) 104,547 photos, 663 members
- ROM - Royal Ontario Museum 2,103 photos, 289 members
- Art Gallery of Ontario 885 photos, 354 members
- Indianapolis Museum of Art 2,708 photos, 340 members
- Brooklyn Museum 5,302 photos, 1,325 members
- Tate Modern 5,205 photos, 1,621 members
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- April 2009