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The 18th annual CONTACT Photography Festival is currently ongoing for the month of May with over 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Toronto area. Exhibits are held in museums, galleries, cultural centres, cafes, retail stores and many public sites.

On exhibit at the CONTACT Gallery is The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus by photographer Rob Hornstra and journalist Arnold van Bruggen. They have been collaborating since 2009 to document the turbulent region of Sochi, Russia as it prepared to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the story of Russia’s continuing search for post-Soviet identity.

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Another Primary Exhibition is at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) entitled Snow, Shacks, Streets, Shrubs and on display until August 10, 2014. This exhibit features more than 40 photographs by Canadian Scott McFarland that was constructed from many images, taken at different times and under different conditions, resulting in composite images that render familiar places and subjects that are visually complex through repetition and assemblage.

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