Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

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Event date May 1 to 31, 2018 LocationThroughout Toronto Official website CONTACT Photography Festival

A month-long festival of photography with over 1,000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across Toronto each May.

Detail from the photograph 'Untitled' from the series Kuwait: A Desert on Fire (1991) by Sebastião Salgado. A man in a fire-fighting suit standing in what appears to be a spray of water is set against a backdrop of a massive inferno shooting out of a blazing oil well.

The World’s Largest Annual Photography Event

Scotiabank CONTACT is the month-long festival of photography that takes place in venues across the Toronto region every May. As the largest photography festival in the world, Scotiabank CONTACT is a premiere cultural event with a broad range of international programming. Whether acclaimed international artists or local emerging photographers, participants exhibit in a variety of venues, from major public museums to private galleries and many alternative spaces including billboards and the facades of significant cultural buildings.

Celebrating Canada’s 150th

Through a series of exhibitions, public installations and events, the festival honours the 150th anniversary of this country’s confederation. From documentary explorations of the nation’s shifting landscape and inhabitants, to projects that challenge perceptions of history and definitions of photography, CONTACT 2017 presents outstanding projects by established and emerging Canadian artists and curators.

Highlights in 2017 include: “It’s All Happening So Fast,” an exploration of the human impact on the environment at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; a solo exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work at Olga Korper Gallery; and “Oh Canada!” a photographic road trip by Naomi Harris, one of the many striking public installations found across the city during CONTACT.