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"Kid knocking on door"
Toni Hafkenscheid, "Kid knocking on door," 2004, colour photo, 48" x 48", showing at SKEW Gallery, Calgary.
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"Inuit of theHigh Arctic"
George Hunter, "Inuit of theHigh Arctic," 1946, showing Feb 13 - Mar 19, 2006 at Stone Fish Arts, Calgary.
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Dorothea Lange, "Migrant Mother," Nipoma, California, 1936. Part of Exposure 2006 at the Whyte Museum, Banff.
EXPOSURE 2006, The Banff, Canmore, Calgary Celebration of Photography
January to March, 2006
CALGARY: Alberta College of Art & Design, TRUCK Gallery, The New Gallery, Glenbow Museum, TrépanierBaer, Paul Kuhn Gallery, SKEW Gallery, FourbyFive Gallery, Image 54 Gallery, Axis Gallery, HerringerKiss Gallery, Stone Fish Arts.
BANFF: Summit Gallery, Banff Centre for Mountain Culture, Banff Centre, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
CANMORE: Elevation 1309 Gallery, The Avens Gallery.
By Dina O'Meara
The art of photography takes the spotlight this season with Exposure 2006, a multi-city celebration of turning negatives into positively striking images. At least 18 galleries and museums in Banff, Canmore and Calgary are hosting exhibitions and events focused on the evolving forms of photography, showcasing works by local, national and internationally renowned photographers.
Defined as the process of producing images on light-sensitive surfaces, photography has proven to be a rich vehicle for artistic exploration since becoming commercially available in the mid 1800s. The contemporary photographers and artists involved in Exposure 2006 exhibit a full range of imaging techniques and styles, from Tom Willock’s black and white silver gelatin landscapes of Waterton Lakes National Park on view at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, to the time-bending pinhole images by Diane Bos showing at SKEW Gallery in Calgary.
In its second year, the festival was long overdue, says organizer Craig Richards. “Exposure 2006 aims to make the public aware of photography as a rich art form in its many genres,” says Richards, who is also curator of photography at the Whyte Museum. “This is a partnership and collaboration among the galleries.” To someone like Richards, who considers a darkroom to be heaven, the craft of developing a negative and making prints from it holds a certain magic that will never be attained with pixilated images. Exposure 2006 allows a wildly diverse base of skills and creativity to be displayed in the many venues, he says, and to the digital-minded it opens for debate the question of whether photography is a dying art.
In addition to the exhibits, the festival includes panel discussions, artists’ talks, portfolio reviews and workshops in various facilities across the three cities.