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Ryerson Image Centre

April 14, 2015 12:16 ET

Ryerson Image Centre Celebrates the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival With New Exhibitions and Events

Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel; Scott Conarroe: Canada by Rail and by Sea; Phil Solomon: Empire X 8; a Telling Portrait: the Work and Collection of Michael Mitchell; Sally Mann in Conversation With Paul Roth

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 14, 2015) - The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will celebrate the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival this May with four new exhibitions opening April 29, 2015, and a public reception on May 7, 2015, at 6 - 8 p.m. The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival runs from May 1 to 31, 2015, at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel is a career survey celebrating Ruwedel's selection as winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award. Over the past three decades, Ruwedel has emerged as one of Canada's most internationally respected landscape photographers. Working primarily in the western territories of the United States and Canada, the artist documents cultural traces and physical imprints of human activity on the land. Presented by Scotiabank, the exhibition is organized by the Ryerson Image Centre and is a Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival primary exhibition. Ruwedel will speak about his artist practice and recent work on May 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. and will lead a tour of the exhibition on May 20, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Also a primary exhibition of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Canada By Rail and By Sea (2007-2011) presents a selection from two series of elegiac landscapes by acclaimed Canadian artist Scott Conarroe. Drawing upon traditions of documentary photography and epic landscape painting, Conarroe's large-scale colour photographs depict rail paths, ports and coastlines, and their immediate environments with a contemporary clear-eyed romanticism. Conarroe addresses the significant contribution of past and modern transportation infrastructures to the construction and unification of a Canadian national identity. The artist will lead a tour of the exhibition on June 3, 2015, at 6 p.m.

On the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, acclaimed experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon presents EMPIRE x 8, as part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival public installation program. This machinima video overlooks New York's Empire State Building and represents a twenty-four hour period of shifting light, dramatic weather, falling debris and ominous planes. Unlike Andy Warhol's Empire (1964), to which Solomon pays homage, the passage of time is accelerated and the skyline simulated, drawn from the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Solomon asks viewers to reconsider an architectural icon -- and an experimental film masterpiece -- haunted by questions about appropriation, realism, and the tarnished state of the American Dream. The artist will speak about his work on June 24, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel, Scott Conarroe: Canada By Rail and By Sea and Phil Solomon: EMPIRE x 8 will be on view from April 29 to June 28, 2015.

Working with prominent Canadian photographer, filmmaker and writer Michael Mitchell, second-year students from Ryerson University's Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management (FPPCM) program explore the artist's rich and diversified career in the context of his personal photography collection. This exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue and digital publication, juxtaposes a selection of Mitchell's own work alongside nineteenth and twentieth century photographs from his collection, and excerpts from his prolific writings. On view from April 29 to May 31, 2015, the exhibition is generously supported by the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Foundation and is a Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival featured exhibition.

On May 22, 2015, at 7 p.m., acclaimed photographer Sally Mann will discuss her new publication, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, with RIC director Paul Roth. Hold Still is a groundbreaking personal history with the page-turning drama of a great novel. Attendees will receive a free copy of the memoir, while supplies last. The event and book giveaway are generously supported by CONTACT.

All events are free and open to the public. Further information on all programs is available via

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The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) exists for the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. We are an active partner within the academic fabric of Ryerson University, the cultural network of greater Toronto, and the national and international artistic community. We develop rigorous yet inclusive programs for students, faculty, artists, researchers and curators, as well as the general public. The RIC boasts three interrelated areas of activity. Our exhibition program addresses topics of social, cultural, aesthetic and historical concern from a variety of contemporary perspectives. Our Peter Higdon Research Centre conducts and facilitates inquiry into primary resource materials and offers workshops, lectures, symposia and publication programs. Finally, we maintain a collection of photography spanning the medium's history, as well as several artist and journalism archives -- including the renowned Black Star Collection of twentieth century photoreportage. For more information, visit

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 38,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 155,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and parts of Asia. Through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level across six pillars: health, education, social services, arts and culture, environment and sports. Recognized as a leader for charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average some $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world.

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 and granted charitable status in 2011, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, EY, Toronto Image Works, Kronenbourg, The Gilder, Stratus Vineyards, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington's Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Hotel Le Germain, The Gladstone Hotel, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, and BlogTO. CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Street Art Toronto (StART), Canada Council for the Arts, the Hal Jackman Foundation, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.

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