CONTACT Photography Festival

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A Touch of Drama with Trevor Godinho

May 2 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Presenter: Trevor Godinho
Location: Astrolab Studios, 629 Eastern Avenue, 2nd Floor

Overview: Learn how to shoot portraits under pressure, to adapt quickly, and to get the most out of a subject. Trevor, using a live model, will show you how to design the lighting so it complements the subject and adds the proper mood.

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Trevor Godinho is an internationally recognized artist and published photographer: his work gracing the pages of Vogue Italia, Elle Canada, FHM France & India, Men’s Health Australia, Sharp Magazine, and others. His reputation for vision and passion landed him an invitation to photograph Hollywood’s inner circle of leading actors. In 2017, Trevor was named the Canadian brand ambassador to Elinchrom.

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Learn to Print Like a Pro with Jonathan Groeneweg

May 12 | 10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter: Jonathan Groeneweg
Location: Vistek Toronto, 496 Queen St E.

Overview: Photographer, teacher, and expert printer, Jonathan Groeneweg, will show you how easy it is to set up an Epson professional printer, like the P800, so that you can begin to create gorgeous quality prints on various beautiful papers.

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Photographer and printing specialist Jonathan Groeneweg has taught photography at the University of Calgary, and photography and visual art/theory at OCADU. He currently runs workshops at Smokestack – a fine art print and print finishing studio in Hamilton that Jonathan co-owns. At Smokestack, Jonathan works almost exclusively with artists to produce their work in preparation for exhibition or sale.

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Sports Photography, we’ve come a long way! with Nick Didlick

May 15 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Nick Didlick
Location: Astrolab Studios, 629 Eastern Avenue, 2nd Floor

Overview: Discover how professional sports photographer Nick Didlick gets those great shots for the Associated Press and other top clients from the greatest sporting events in the world, including the Olympics, Kentucky Derby, and Final Four.

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Nick Didlick is a Vancouver based Editorial and Commercial Photographer/Videographer and Digital Imaging Consultant. A photographer with 40 years on the road, Nick has worked in over 60 countries and has covered many of the world’s top News and Sporting events, including 13 Olympics, 7 Stanley Cup Finals, and 5 Super Bowls.

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Fashion & Beauty Photography with Lisa-Marie

May 23 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Presenter: Lisa-Marie McGinn
Location: Astrolab Studios, 629 Eastern Avenue, 2nd Floor

Overview: She's a favourite with us at Vistek. Lisa-Marie took top prize in our "Show us your Best Contest". She's also been a guest speaker at ProFusion. Lisa-Marie is back to dazzle you with her innovative and imaginative take on fashion and beauty photography.

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Scottish-born Lisa-Marie McGinn is currently based in Alberta. She specializes in fashion, beauty and conceptual portraiture. She has been published in a variety of magazines, including Papercut, Ellements, Hacid and Dark Beauty. Her work has also been featured on the covers of Model Life magazine, Petite Magnifique, and the Alchemist Magazine's Beauty Issue. Lisa-Marie is an Elinchrom, Canon, and 500px Ambassador.

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Fujifilm Photo Walk with Spencer Wynn

May 26 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Presenter: Spencer Wynn
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, North York (Meet first at Vistek Toronto to board bus.)

Overview: You won't want to miss this historic event. Travel back in time with Spencer Wynn to Toronto's famous Black Creek Pioneer Village. Stroll through the historic grounds snapping photos along the way with Fujifilm X-series cameras.

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Spencer Wynn's career has taken him around the world, from the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, to India and China. As a storyteller, Wynn believes, "One can only truly tell a story of a people or culture if you have lived with the people or in the culture". His two-year documentary on the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in India is one such example of Spencer's shooting philosophy.

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The Photobook: New Projects & Collaborations

May 5 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: 450 King Street West

Overview: In conjunction with the CONTACT Photobook Fair, exhibiting publishers Ahorn Books, Aron Mörel, TBW Books, and Spaces Corners will present their recent projects and collaborations.

CONTACT Photobook Fair

May 6 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas Street West

Overview: The fair offers a number of book signings by more than 20 independent publishers and leading contemporary photographers. You can also take in an exhibition by the Toronto Photobook Library. For more information: