WARNING: I have to tell you (no offense to those mentioned
today on drool, myself included) that this post is a bit boring.
Really just some hype for yours truly and some other Kapital
drool doesn’t like being a list, drool would much prefer to
be a thorn in your side, food for thought, deep.
But as my good (Fb) friend Mr. T.A. has pointed out to me,
and as I try to remember and to convince myself, the foto-
life (Just like “real” life) can’t all be highs; there has to be
the fallow periods, inbetween-times and just plain gray
The zen dudes tell us we have to pass through boredom to
reach fascination. Hope so.
Well, by the time you read this, CONTACT Photo Fest will be
going full speed in Toronto.
A huge fotofest, one that is democratic in what and how and
where foto-shows are seen. But it also has a theme and some
primary and featured exhibitions, as well as public installations.
I’m pleased that one of my fotos will be in a featured show.
Face to Face, presented by Mcleans magazine, includes 50
of “the most memorable portraits from our collection”.
There are some pretty amazing shots in there and I’m in the
company of many of Canada’s top portraitists, including Karsh,
Derek Shapton, Christopher Wahl and Mark Zibert.
The shot of mine they have included is, well, the obvious one,
the one that gets used and stolen all the time. . . .Prime Minister
If you are in or around Toronto any time the next month you
might want to pick up one of CONTACT’s thick catalogs to
see what you might see.
FALLEN: Olivia Johnston
Up until May 2nd, at La Petite Mort Gallery, is Olivia Johnston’s
new work: Fallen. In which she has enlisted friends to become
women from the bible.
She asked her models to read specific passages and then to
go to her studio and assume that persona. Then she took
pictures of them being their character. The images (I guess
you can’t really call them portraits. Or can you?) are hung
next to the biblical text that inspired them.
THE lll SHOW: Lewis-Smith and Lewis and Smith
This show opens May 2nd, at Exposure Gallery. It features
Whitney Lewis-Smith, her mother, painter Dodie Smith and
her father, designer Neville Smith.