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 293,776 photos, 7,114 members
- CONTACT 2008: BETWEEN MEMORY AND HISTORY 138 photos, 102 members
- FlickrCentral 9,297,987 photos, 277,415 members
- Group Announcements 0 photos, 2,435 members
- Contact Toronto Photography Festival 2,074 photos, 333 members
- Urban Interventions 7,892 photos, 136 members
- PHOTOSHO magazine 18,988 photos, 757 members
- canadian street art 4,907 photos, 242 members
- Canadian Urban Photography 10,248 photos, 218 members
- CANADA >>> 1 Million Canadian Photos (56,062 Photos) 128,449 photos, 723 members
- ROM - Royal Ontario Museum 2,898 photos, 294 members
- Art Gallery of Ontario 876 photos, 350 members
- Indianapolis Museum of Art 2,832 photos, 351 members
- Brooklyn Museum 4,956 photos, 1,328 members
- Tate Modern 5,701 photos, 1,690 members
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- April 2009