James Barnor discusses being a photographic pioneer in mid-1900s Ghana. His show, Ever Young, appears at BAND Gallery for the next month -- an off-the-beaten-path must-see at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2016.
Pardon the low-res, outdated-phone pic, but I just got this in the mail, and I can't stop pacing: THIS GAL IS A RECIPIENT OF A CHALMERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT FROM THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL!
Kolkata + Krakow/WorkshopX, here I come!
I'm a fan of World Press Photo, but I rarely find myself in Toronto's Financial District; as a result, almost missed out on this year's exhibit. Fortunately, I was reminded that I still had two more days to view the images, so I zipped into Brookfield Place earlier for some Sunday afternoon inspiration. Very thankful I did.
Personal highlights? Seeing as I have an admitted fetish for urban social blight, the ones that affected me most were Frederik Buyckx's artfully composed pieces on Rio de Janiero's favelas and Paolo Pellegrin's haunting B&Ws of the Crescent, an impoverished suburb of Rochester. But by far, the prize for most heart-breaking goes to Ebrhim Noroozi's observed portraits of Somayeh and her daughter Rana, who were both doused with acid in their sleep by Somayeh's husband. Frustrating... yet incredibly powerful and inspirational. Everything I expect photojournalism to be.
Fellow Torontonians: only one more day to check out the exhibit until 2014. As I say every year, the more people who can see these images, the better.
Brookfield Place. 9AM-9PM.