‘Nir Bareket: My Eyes Have Seen. Celebrating 50 Years of Photography’ Exhibition: April 26–July 19, 2014

Sun April 20, 2014

Photo credit: Don Jail, 1987, Nir Bareket, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1243, Series 1216, item 86.

Photo credit: Don Jail, 1987, Nir Bareket, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1243, Series 1216, item 86.


FREE Admission

April 26 – July 19, 2014

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 26, 1 – 3 P.M.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

The Market Gallery
2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market
95 Front Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Nir Bareket has been a professional photographer since 1965.

  • Mr. Bareket has worked as a photographer in New York City, Switzerland and Israel and settled in Toronto in 1975.
  • The breadth of his work spans theatrical, commercial, industrial, architectural, portraiture, documentary and photo-journalism.
  • In Toronto, he operates his independent photography studio.

Market Gallery’s upcoming exhibition – “Nir Bareket: My Eyes Have Seen. Celebrating 50 Years of Photography” – will present photographs from the Bareket Collection, the City of Toronto Archives and the Ontario Jewish Archives.

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2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Long List Includes 23 Artists

Fri April 18, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, Vote on the Finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Beginning on August 13, 2014.

  • A group of 13 curators, artists and scholars, themselves international experts in photography, have each nominated two artists for the Prize — one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list includes the following 23 artists in photography:

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MIT Museum exhibit features 100 early photographic portraits

Mon April 14, 2014

Travel all the way back to the 1840s and 1850s, when the very first photographic portraits were made, produced on mirrorlike pieces of silver-plated copper. 100 of these “daguerreotypes” are presented at the MIT Museum’s Kurtz Gallery for Photography in “Daguerre’s American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection.”

You can view photographs of “abolitionists and slaves, firemen and flirts with fans, brick-makers and literary women, cross-dressers, and chicken-pluckers.”

Read the article at: mit



Nanowires May Yet Revolutionize Image Sensors

Wed April 9, 2014

Researchers from Harvard University are working on an image sensor made with silicon nanowires of different radii which absorb specific wavelengths (colors) of light. No intervening filters are needed since each nanowire captures light of a specific color. Since no light is absorbed, the higher absorption efficiency allows for higher pixel densities and higher resolution.

In principle, the device could absorb all incoming light and convert it directly into photocurrent. In contrast, filter-based devices absorb approximately half of the incoming light before it reaches the image sensor. The greater efficiency would then pave the way for cameras with higher resolutions.

Read more at: physorg.


Articles, Contests

You’re Invited: 2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival May 22 & Submit Film Entries by May 4

Tue April 8, 2014

2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

2014 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

This video presents “2014 TSFF Promo.”

  • Toronto Smartphone Film Festival’s submission deadline: Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Submit a film and win these great prizes!
    • TSFF Award (Round trip ticket to South Korea)
    • Rhythm Award (Varadero, Cuba All Inclusive)
    • Arirang Korea Award ($1,000)
    • Audience Choice Award ($500)
    • KTO Award (Samsung Galaxy Tab)
    • Raindance Award (1 Year membership to Randance + Zacuto iPhone grip) — For 1st time GTA (Greater Toronto Area)-based filmmaker

2014 Toronto Smartphone
Film Festival (TSFF)

May 22, 2014

FREE Admission


Scotiabank Theatre
259 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Richmond St. W and John St.

TSFF 2014 Call for Entries
Submission Deadline – FREE Submission: Sunday, May 4, 2014


  • As the only smartphone film festival in Canada, Toronto Smartphone Film Festival provides an international platform for creative video content providers from Toronto and abroad to showcase their talents.

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Sony’s α7S Full-Frame Camera: Product Video

Sun April 6, 2014

This video presents “Introducing Sony’s α7S Full-Frame Camera.”

  • The innovative α7S camera features a 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 — 4096004 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.
  • The α7S is the world’s first camera to utilize the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition.
    • It does this without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels.
  • Equipped with the same high-precision Fast Intelligent AF system as the α7R camera, the α7S drastically improve AF sensitivity in low-light that can go as low as -4EV.
  • In video mode, the α7S can output 4K video at QFHD (3840×2160) in 4:2:2 to an optional external 3rd party 4K recorder via the HDMI*
*Requires compatible recorder. 4K movie recording requires a 4K-compatible recorder.

Articles, Contests

CONTACT Photography Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award: Submission Deadline April 15, 2014

Sat April 5, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival May 1–31, 2014 in Toronto.

Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award

Curators and directors, publishers and photo editors are brought together during CONTACT in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.

  • This is an important event for artists with projects at advances stages of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally—as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice.
  • The portfolio reviews are for anyone who is serious about photography.
    • It is not a requirement to be a professional who earns income from their practice, or to have studied visual art.
  • *Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process to ensure a high caliber of work is presented in this program.

One artist will be awarded with a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery in January 2015.

  • Chosen by a jury of international professionals in the field of photography, this award recognizes outstanding work presented at the Portfolio Reviews.
  • The program was created to support and advance the careers of talented emerging photographers.

The award also includes:

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UrtheCast Releases Its First Detailed Image of Earth

Fri April 4, 2014

Russian cosmonauts on board the International Space Station successfully attached two cameras (a medium-resolution still camera and an ultra HD video camera) from UrtheCast to the outside of the Russian segment of the International Space Station during a spacewalk in January.

Though the resolution of the still images are only six meters by six meters per pixel (images from DigitalGlobe allow you to distinguish objects as small as 50 centimetres by 50 centimetres, and clearly show objects such as vehicles), images from both cameras are available just a few hours after they’re captured, providing a unique “near realtime flyover view” of the planet as the space station orbits the Earth 16 times a day.

UrtheCast’s video camera is expected to be able to resolve objects as small as one metre wide, and will be pointable via the internet for a fee.

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2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival May 1–31, 2014 in Toronto

Thu April 3, 2014

scotiabank photography festival logo

2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 1–31, 2014

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Festival Launch: May 2, 7:00 pm
Always FREE Admission at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
952 Queen St W, Toronto
Phone: 416 395 0067

  • Contact Photography Festival is a month-long celebration of contemporary photography.
  • The Festival has shown over 1000 local, national and international photographers at more than 200 venues.
  • “As the largest photography event in the world, Scotiabank CONTACT stimulates excitement and discussion among an audience of over 1.5 million.”
  • Some exhibitions/events/activities have FREE admission.
    • A few events start earlier (April) or ends later (September) than the festival’s official dates.

Stan Douglas
Scotiabank Photography Award Winner

Artist Talk Kodak Lecture Series: Stan Douglas
Exhibition Preview and Public Lecture
April 30, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (lecture begins @ 7:30 pm)
Ryerson University – LIB-72 
350 Victoria Street, Toronto

Scotiabank Photography Award Exhibition
May 1 – June 1, 2014
Guest Curated by Robert Bean
Ryerson Image Centre, Main Gallery
33 Gould St, Toronto
Hours: Tue–Fri, 11–6pm
Wed, 11–8pm
Sat–Sun, 12–5pm

Phone: 416 979 5164

The winner of the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award for 2013 is Stan Douglas who will showcase his work at an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre.

  • Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA) is the largest annual peer-reviewed award in Canadian contemporary photography.
    • The award recognizes the work of an exceptional Canadian photo-based artist and aims to launch them to the next level of their career.
    • The jury is chaired by internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
  • “Douglas has created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular locations or past events.
    • His works often take their points of departure in local settings, from which broader issues can be identified.
    • He works with popular media: photography, film, storytelling, public spectacle, and soon, mobile apps.
      • With his artwork, Stan invents, influences and redefines the cultural understanding and reception of art.”

Festival Launch: May 2, 7:00 pm
Always FREE Admission at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

You are invited to celebrate the Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA).