CONTACT Photobook Fair


Sun May 6, 11am – 5pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery
1356 Dundas St W

The CONTACT Photobook Fair brings together more than 20 independent publishers and leading contemporary photographers to present newly released publications. The Fair offers a number of book signings, an exhibition by Toronto Photobook Library, and the opportunity for emerging photographers to present their projects at The Book Dummy Sessions. This event was conceived with the desire to create a space for practitioners and book enthusiasts to build connections, discover new projects, and exchange ideas on books and photography.

Local and international publishers include Ahorn Books (Berlin), Archive of Modern Conflict (London), Anchorless Press (Toronto), Aperture Books (New York), Bywater Bros. (Port Colborne), JMS Press (Toronto), J&L Books (New York), Les Éditions du renard (Montreal), Mörel Books (London), Spaces Corners (Pittsburgh), and TBW Books (Oakland); with book signings by Robert Burley, Bertrand Carrière, Debra Friedman, Naomi Harris, Ruth Kaplan, Charles-Frédérick Ouellet, Cristian Ordóñez, Louie Palu, Dietmar Riemann, Guillaume Simoneau, and Donald Weber.

Artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a photobook are welcome to have their work seen by a publisher or photographer featured in the Fair at The Book Dummy Sessions. Through casual one-to-one meetings individuals will receive conceptual and practical insight about their projects. RSVP to

Established by photographer Zackery Hobler, The Toronto Photobook Library creates temporary reading rooms to engage with a curated selection of photobooks. The theme for this iteration Big and Small, points to the vast scale on which the medium spans from small-run, self-published books to genre-defining anthologies.

Related Programs

The Photobook: New Projects & Collaborations
Panel Discussion – Free and open to the public
May 5, 6:30 – 9pm at 450 King
In conjunction with the CONTACT Photobook Fair, a number of exhibiting publishers will present their recent projects and collaborations.

Workshop: Jason Fulford

Jason Fulford

Visual Language: How Pictures Speak to Each Other
Friday May 4 & Saturday May 5, 2018
10am – 5pm / $150 + HST / Limited to 12 participants

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New York-based photographer Jason Fulford will lead a two-day, photo-based workshop during CONTACT 2018. Spending time with the Toronto Reference Library's Picture Collection, Fulford will guide artists through in-depth discussions and hands-on activities centered around the processes of editing and sequencing images. Fulford will propose a series of exercises using found images and words that are designed to offer new perspectives and associations for artists when looking at and editing their own work. In addition, artists will have the opportunity to edit and sequence each others’ personal projects, offering insights on how the work could be presented as an exhibition or book.

Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process. To register, please submit five (5) images from one body of work with a brief description of the project.

Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of J&L Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a frequent lecturer at universities, and has led workshops across the United States, Japan, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Lithuania, Germany, and Spain. His monographs include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), Hotel Oracle (2013), Contains: 3 Books (2016), Clayton's Ascent (2018) and Work In Progress (2018). He co-authored the photobook for children This Equals That (2014) with Tamara Shopsin, and co-edited The Photographer’s Playbook (2014) with Gregory Halpern. Fulford’s photographs have been described as open metaphors. As an editor and an author, a focus of his work has been on the subject of how meaning is generated through association.

Workshop: Tom Saater with Liz Ikiriko

Tom Saater

Project Development: Representation & Collaboration
Saturday May 19 & Sunday May 20, 2018
10am – 5pm / $150 + HST / Limited to 12 participants

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Nigerian documentary photographer Tom Saater and Toronto-based photo editor/curator Liz Ikiriko will lead a two-day immersive editing workshop focusing on developing individual’s projects through group critiques. The workshop will address conceptual and practical issues of representation, collaboration, and the responsibility of the photographer. Saater will share his unique experiences working in Africa and the importance of relationship building with your subjects. Ikiriko will share her knowledge of reading images and the role of collaboration within editorial markets.

Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process. To register, please submit five (5) images from one body of work with a brief description of the project.

Tom Saater is a Nigerian documentary photographer and short-film maker. His work has been exhibited internationally at the International Centre of Photography Museum New York, University of Oxford UK, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark, Venice Biennale, and Addis Foto Festival, among others. He has been commissioned and published by The New York TimesJapan TimesBBC, Human Rights Watch, WFP, UN, and Oxfam. He is a contributor on Everyday Africa @everydayafrica.

Liz Ikiriko is an independent curator and photo editor. She has worked on national publications including The Ethnic AisleToronto Life, and Macleans. As a curator, she has organized exhibitions with BAND Gallery, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Sheridan College, and the National Music Centre. She has juried and reviewed portfolios at Ryerson University, CONTACT Photography Festival, Flash Forward Annual, and the CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography. She is currently an MFA candidate in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University in Toronto.


Seminar: Robyn Zolnai

Robyn Zolnai
Gallery Practices for the Emerging Photographer
Wednesday May 16, 6:30 – 9:30pm / $25 + HST

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Robyn Zolnai, Sales Manager at Stephen Bulger Gallery, offers first-hand expertise in the photography art market for those pursuing a career as a professional artist/photographer. She will share stories and examples from successful emerging and established photographers about their practices, as well as answer questions on the fundamentals of becoming a professional photographer and navigating the art market. This workshop will cover a variety of topics ranging from building a portfolio, how to value and edition work, understanding gallery structures, and setting professional goals.

Robyn Zolnai completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at York University in 2008. From 2010 to 2012 she attended Ryerson University where she obtained a Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Robyn is currently the sales manager at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, and a guest lecturer on collecting photography and career development for emerging photographers at various high schools, colleges, and universities in Ontario.

Participate in CONTACT

Opportunities to exhibit in the 2018 Festival are now closed. CONTACT will begin accepting proposals and registration for the 2019 Festival in October.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites participation from photographic artists for the month of May, either as a Featured Exhibition or an Open Exhibition.

The Featured Exhibitions program showcases high-calibre exhibitions and recognizes exceptional photo-based projects. Featured Exhibitions are subject to a juried submission process, and are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in this program.

The Open Exhibitions program provides a valuable opportunity to have photographic work exhibited in conjunction with other emerging and established artists, and to inspire and engage with the city through photography. Open Exhibitions are non-juried and are therefore accessible to all interested participants and exhibition spaces.

All artists/organizers must have a confirmed exhibition space in order to participate in CONTACT.

Submissions are not sought for CONTACT's curated programming, including the CONTACT Gallery, Primary Exhibitions, Public Installations, and Special Events.