Portraits of a Revolution: Marc Betsworth

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Portraits of a Revolution
March 1-31
Opening reception: March 1 6-9pm
Artist Talk: March 23 2-4pm

What is your process?

For these shots, I wanted to be as nimble as possible so I used a very simple one-light set up: a gridded beauty dish and a reflector – that’s it. I tended to use a gold reflector to warm up the tones. There’s a pattern of light I’m after and it can be elusive. It means playing with the angle of the reflector a lot. Beyond that,I focus on what my subject is giving me. Primarily, I’m looking for authentic moments – nothing too contrived. As a former musician, I find that music can be really helpful on that front. It inspires my approach and in a way, it can relax and direct the subject better than any verbal direction I can provide. Sometimes, if the music’s right, I can just sit back and wait until it naturally evokes the expression and mood I’m after.

The post process was a bit more involved. Given the era, I knew I wanted to employ a painterly look to the images but I didn’t want them to look too heavy handed or filtered. This meant applying a painterly texture as subtly as possible while preserving the “photographic” integrity of the image. Although I do use a tablet and tend to sculpt in the light, I’m not a fan of out-of-the-box “painterly” effects or brush strokes in a photographic image. To preserve authenticity and character, it was also important to ease up on the retouching.

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Artist Spotlight: Lauren Young

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze

February 1-February 28

Opening Reception February 8 | Artist Talks February 10

Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze presents six artists who are telling their stories through the photographic lens. Lisa Murzin, Shelagh Howard, Marlene Hilton Moore, Lorraine Parow, Janet Holmes and Lauren Young share a variety of work for this exhibition hailing from different backgrounds, generations and experiences.

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Statement

I think the mark of a good image is if it tells a good story. When I look at these images, I see a story about the relationship between young girls. It’s about the things we go through, the people we love or hate, and the looks we give each other when something interesting happens. I wanted to capture these faces so that I could look back on them and see the differences between ourselves now and then. This project allows me to document such a prevalent time in the lives of the people closest to me as we go through such pivotal shared experiences.

How has your photographic process been informed by your experiences

I photograph the things I see in life, the moments I experience. My goal for every picture I take is to capture an intimate moment shared between me and the subject, this is why having some sort of relationship with the subject is quite important to me. I am constantly trying to have unique experiences with those whom I photograph. Being a teenage girl myself, it makes the most sense for me to take pictures of my closest friends as they go through the same things I am.

2017 in Review

2017 saw us renaming the main gallery, changing from the Dylan Ellis Gallery to the Connections Gallery. This name change reflects our mandate to “connect” artists, curators and gallerists.

Thank you to all of the photographers who showed such an amazing variety of images.

 

Human memory / The soul of the earth

January 12 to January 31

Sylvie Pinsonneault, Karl Desmarais


Toronto Offsite Design Festival

January 16-January 22

SUMO Projects and artist Michele Guevara


Visual Calculus in Photography

March 3-31

Alain Laforest, Catherine Aboumrad, Daniel Miller, Guy Glorieux, Guy Lafontaine

Jean Lauzon, Marie-Reine Mattera and Emmanuel Joly, Robert Slatkoff


A Foundation of Ash

April 17-May 13

Will Gill


Alternative Photo Revolution

Glen Echo, Maryland March 28, New Orleans March 31/April 1 Toronto, Contact Photography Festival May 15-June 17

Alexis Jackson, Kin Lon Ma, Scott Davis, David Armentor, Marc Betsworth, Tamiko Winters, Paul Taborovsky, Kevin Kelly, Alan Dunlop, Lisa Murzin, Ron Erwin,  John Migicovsky, Evan Dion, Salina Kassam, Philip Jessup, Marlene Hilton Moore, Juli Lyons, Skip Dean, Thomas Brasch, Matthew Plexman, Laura Paterson, Bob Carnie, Monica Glitz, Jeff Suchak, Hugues Rochette, Jean Lauzon, Madeleine Marcil, Claude Dagenais, Guy Lafontaine, Mirabelle Ricard, Guy Glorieux, Brittany Fleming, Jennifer Crane, Brendan Meadows, Andrej Gregov, Larry Hayden, Bryan Helm, Ginette Clément, Stephen McNeill , David Christensen


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July 8-August 31

Laura Paterson, Wayne Salmon, Al Paterson, Anthony Macri, Kamelia Pezeshki, Aurélien Muller, Carissa Ainslie, Beth Jessup, Paulette Michayluk, Bob Carnie


Urban

October 1-30

Stephanie Kretzschmer, Guy Lafontaine, Robert McIntyre, Joachim Oepkes, David Edwards and Alan Dunlop


Kindred

Montreal October 20 & 21, Toronto November 1-29

Linda Kooluris Dobbs, Salina Kassam

John Migicovsky, Juli Lyons, Lisa Murzin, Thomas Brasch, Bob Carnie, Shelagh Howard, Marlene Hilton Moore, Philip Jessup, David L Hunsberger, ​Anthony DeLorenzo, Normand Blouin, Suzanne Vo-Ho, Jean-Sébastien Vaillancourt, Nathalie Garceau, Daniel Miller, Alexia Righetti, Pierre Dalpé, Guy Glorieux, Céline Lalonde, Martine Michaud, Janick Houle, Francois Spenard​


Emergence

December 1-January 8

Lindsi Hollend, Anna Borcherdt, Adrian Oosterman, Cat Stambolic, Andrew Persaud, Marlene Hilton Moore, Raquel Moliterno

Kindred in Montreal!

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Connections Gallery

November 3 opening reception from 6-9pm
Exhibition is on until November 29

Kindred popped up in Montreal October 20 and 21st at The Ecomusée Du Fier Monde. After driving the show up from Toronto, we had a quick install before inviting eager attendees in to see the exhibition. And what a night! A full house right until the end. Saturday the show was open for general viewing, the natural light that streamed in making the space even more beautiful.

Overall, the show was a success! Seeing all of the images of the subjects who are very personal to each photographer was very moving.

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Kindred Artists pt. 4

Montreal
The Ecomusée Du Fier Monde
October 20 opening reception from 6-9pm
October 21 Open viewing from 11am-5:30pm
Toronto
Connections Gallery

November 3 opening reception from 6-9pm
Exhibition is on until November 29

Artists Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Kindred is a portrait exhibition printed entirely using permanent processes. Each photographer has submitted an image of someone within their community that they admire along with a description of their relationship to their subject. The result is an exhibition of people from all walks of life who are being celebrated through the photographic medium.
Kindred will first be popping up for two days in Montreal where we have one branch of our network within the photographic community. This exhibition is comprised of a large number of Quebec artists, allowing for a true exchange when the show is installed in Toronto this November.

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Anthony DeLorenzo

Derek Crowe is an adventurer, storyteller and trail builder. I am inspired by his photographs and words which reflect a deep connection to the people, the land and the history of the North. Our paths often cross in the tiny town of Carcross, Yukon where he mentors First Nations youth building world renowned trails on their traditional lands. I photographed Derek as part of The Builders Project, a collaboration with writer Jenn Roberts to chronicle the collective history of Yukon mountain biking.

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Kindred Artists pt. 3

Montreal
The Ecomusée Du Fier Monde
October 20 opening reception from 6-9pm
October 21 Open viewing from 11am-5:30pm
Toronto
Connections Gallery

November 3 opening reception from 6-9pm
Exhibition is on until November 29

Artists Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Kindred is a portrait exhibition printed entirely using permanent processes. Each photographer has submitted an image of someone within their community that they admire along with a description of their relationship to their subject. The result is an exhibition of people from all walks of life who are being celebrated through the photographic medium.
Kindred will first be popping up for two days in Montreal where we have one branch of our network within the photographic community. This exhibition is comprised of a large number of Quebec artists, allowing for a true exchange when the show is installed in Toronto this November.

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Lisa Murzin

However the light shines on Ella, she can stay in balance. Ella is responsible and organized. Deciding to travel before furthering her education at massage therapy school, she visited Europe, Iceland, South America and then travelled in Asia with her brother, Clayton. As Ella says, she did all the trip planning while they were together. Ella continues to build her ‘tool box’ to help others with physiological ailments; they will be guided by dedicated hands.

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Kindred Artists pt. 2

Montreal
The Ecomusée Du Fier Monde
October 20 opening reception from 6-9pm
October 21 Open viewing from 11am-5:30pm
Toronto
Connections Gallery

November 3 opening reception from 6-9pm
Exhibition is on until November 29

Artists Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Kindred is a portrait exhibition printed entirely using permanent processes. Each photographer has submitted an image of someone within their community that they admire along with a description of their relationship to their subject. The result is an exhibition of people from all walks of life who are being celebrated through the photographic medium.
Kindred will first be popping up for two days in Montreal where we have one branch of our network within the photographic community. This exhibition is comprised of a large number of Quebec artists, allowing for a true exchange when the show is installed in Toronto this November.

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John Migicovsky

This is a portrait of Raul Duran. He was born in Mexico in 1957. He worked for Televisa a large independent broadcaster in Mexico as a photographer. In 1989 he moved to Canada where he began working as a car detailer with his friend from Mexico, Cato Batista. Raul is an artist..each car he details is his canvas. He is one of the best. I have known Raul for over 25 years. He is a gentle and compassionate man who loves his work.

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