Feb 09

EXPOSURE – The Festival of Photography

by Lisa Murphy-Lamb · 0 comments

One of the best things about moving back to Calgary is rediscovering how many festivals take place here.

February is EXPOSURE, the Calgary, Banff, Canmore Photography Festival. Running February 1-28, 2010, there will be a number of lectures and educational events throughout Calgary and the Bow Valley corridor with nearly 40 photography-based exhibitions by Canadian and international artists.

The Triangle Gallery offers Counter-Photography: Japan’s Artists Today.  Over 60 images by 11 leading Japanese contemporary photographers are on display.  Still images flank the wall and the floor and there is one looped video with an accompanying on the second floor.

Uniquely Japanese in style and theme, this photography has been shaped by the cultural, economic and social factors during four decades of Japanese life.  Diverse in subject matter and approach, the exhibition is nevertheless divided into two sections.  One section, “To Distill  Another Appearance” is, according to the brochure available at the gallery, the artist’s intent to “extract the essential spirit of the subject-be it plant, stone, or any other item”.  In the second section, “To Reverse:  Another Relationship”, the photographers attempt to “depict the relationships between people from an entirely new perspective.” (Yuri Misuda, curator of the Shoto Museum of Art)

Photo by Lisa Murphy-Lamb

At a very reasonable $4 entrance fee (adults, free on Tuesday) this is an enjoyable part of your photography festival experience or a destination all on it’s own.  Counter-Photography: Japan’s Artists Today will run until February 25th, 2010.

For a full listing of EXPOSURE’s events and venues, look for its brochure by the same name with the beautiful black and white photograph Kamaitachi #8 by Japanese contemporary photographer Eikoh Hosoe on its cover.  EXPOSURE is available at newsstands throughout Calgary where free publications are stocked.

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