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Barbara Astman at the National Gallery of Canada

Right side image: Barbara Coming...Barbara Going , c.1973 © Barbara Astman

Right side image: Barbara Coming…Barbara Going, c.1973 © Barbara Astman

Congratulations to Barbara Astman for her inclusion in the exhibition Photography in Canada: 1960–2000 at the National Gallery of Canada! Her work is a part of the Social Commentary/Feminism/Gender section. The show was organized by the Canadian Photography Institute.

Where: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
When: April 7th – September 17th, 2017
More Info: Photography in Canada: 1960-2000

Exhibition catalogues are available for purchase here.

Proof 24 Call for Emerging Canadian Artists

9_doucet_webI Never Recognized Her Except in Fragments, 2015 © Hannah Doucet

Don’t forget to submit your application for Proof 24 at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography!

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016
Exhibition Dates:
June 9 – July 8, 2017
Gallery Website:

OCAD’s very own Kotama Boubane speaks about Proof’s impact on emerging artists:

“I was one of the artists in Proof 9 at Gallery 44 along with other great photographers like Stacey Tyrell and Althea Thauberger. Being apart of a Proof show is a catalyst for many emerging artists in getting valuable exposure and experience within the Toronto art scene and nationally. I was able to connect with other artists, curators and administrators that helped further my artistic endeavors. I currently teach in the photography Department at OCADU and York University and am represented in Toronto by ESP – Erin Stump Projects.” – Kotama Bouabane

Farihah Aliyah Shah: Career Launcher Solo Exhibition

Prefix, Untitled: P2, 2016 © Farihah Aliyah Shah

Congratulations to Farihah Aliyah Shah who has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Career Launcher and will have a solo exhibition at Artscape Youngplace in 2017. An accompanying exhibition text will be commissioned from Sharene Shafie, recipient of the inaugural Curatorial and Criticism Practice Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher.


Artist Bio: Farihah Shah is a 27 year old emerging photographer and visual artist originally from Edmonton, Alberta now based out of Bradford, Ontario.  She has a Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management from York University and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in Integrated Media from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario.

Farihah’s practice includes an array of conceptual, street, and studio photography, time-based film work,multi-media installations and performance based works that explore issues of racial identity, constructed and natural landscapes, personal and collective memory, and the ebb and flow of people in private and public spaces.  Her work has been displayed in galleries in Finland, Germany and Canada.

For more information:
Career Launcher
Artist Website

Call for Submissions: SNAP! Auction

SNAP! 2017 Contemporary Photo Competition is open! A juried competition for all photographers, there are cash prizes for top entries! Selected images will be included in the SNAP! 2017 silent auction, part of Toronto’s most exciting gala celebrating contemporary art photography. This year’s gala takes place March 30, 2017.

Deadline: November 4, 2016
$30 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry up to 8 entries

A total of 7 prizes will be awarded as follows:
One prize of $1,000 – The Jim P. Shea Award for Best Overall Submission
Six $500 Awards of Merit

For competition rules and regulations, please click here.
Learn more about the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

Contact: Cheryl Powers, SNAP! Silent Auction Chair – cpowers@actoronto.org

Editorial Opportunity For Local Black Photographers

Upcoming opportunity to contribute to a black-focused publication, created by a Fashion Entrepreneurship student. The publication IFY, a unisex Nigerian name, “serves as a medium through which black identity will be channeled. The publication critiques and contributes to the worlds of culture, art, and fashion. We challenge the cultural norms of anti-blackness and create a space for black voices”.

It will consist of 2 fashion editorial pieces, an interview piece, 2 written essay pieces, and a journalism piece. The first shoot specifically is a reinterpretation of west african silhouettes; presenting looks that are contemporary and feminine, thereby challenging perceptions of the expected black male aesthetic.

If interested and for more information, please contact Chuma: cccchukwuma@gmail.com

OCAD U Pop Up Shop in Yorkville


Open to students, alumni, and faculty, selected work will be available for sale as part of the the Yorkville Village Arts Festival from November 3rd – 13th. Perfect timing for holiday gifts!

Make sure to get your submission in by October 13th!

Call for Submissions: InFocus


Theme: The Future
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Where: The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Curator: Alexis Marie Chute

Fees: $25 for 3 submissions / $35 for 3 submissions from October 15-30, 2016

InFocus Photo’s mission is to promote and exhibit innovative, thoughtful, and provocative photography created by CANADIAN contemporary image makers.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your work across Canada!

For more information:
Submission Guidelines

OCAD Alumna Danya Ensing: Documenting Detroit

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-2-00-52-pmDetroit River Baptism, 2015 © Danya Ensing

Congratulations to OCAD alumna Danya Ensing (’15) on her 2016 Fellowship Program project, Documenting Detroit. The program has partnered with the Detroit Institute of Arts to present a multimedia slideshow of 21 early career and emerging Detroit-area photographers. The slideshow was projected onto the southeast wall of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

For more information on Documenting Detroit, visit Facebook or Instagram @EverydayMotorCity

Artist Bio:

Danya Ensing works largely with personal narratives, exploring her ontological relationship with home, environment, and landscape. The darkroom is her sanctuary – she has a skillful and accomplished knowledge of film and takes pride in processing and printing her own photographs whenever possible. Danya enjoys learning about and creating with the tactile through processes such as bookbinding, screen-printing, and letterpress. Exploring a variety of handmade processes challenges her creativity, encourages a deep understanding of craftsmanship, and diversifies her photographic practice. Her work has been exhibited internationally in New York, the UK, Sweden, and Japan.

Artist Website: www.danyaensing.com/

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