Every year Toronto spends the month of May celebrating photography. Scotiabank CONTACT 2012, the annual festival that brings together a vast series of photo exhibitions, looks particularly great this year. With over 1000 local, national and international artists taking part in shows at more than 200 venues, CONTACT 2012, now in its 16th year, is the largest photography event in the world. For the entire month, participating galleries, stores, restaurants, institutions, and other accessible spaces will explore this year’s theme of “Public” which seeks to challenge the distinctions between our private lives and the public sphere.
With so many photography things going on, trying to figure out what to see can be completely overwhelming. Rather than offer our own list of must-see shows, we thought it might be more useful to provide the following list of links to local media sources offering their own recommendations and previews. Checking out these links will give you a decent lay of the land. You can always filter through CONTACT 2012′s excellent website and pick up the gorgeous programme guide that is available at most participating venues. Or do what we do: spend the weekends over the next month randomly touring galleries and let serendipity lead you the best of the best.
* Canadian Art Magazine
* View on Canadian Art
* The Grid
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