Montreal Through the Lens of Photographers

Posted on August 13th, 2009 by .

September is Photo Month in Montreal, or Le Mois de la photo, as it is officially called. Held bi-annually, it is Montreal’s biggest photographic event. Everywhere in the city, you’ll be able to find artwork from internationally acclaimed photographers and artists. Remarkable photos will be displayed in museums and art galleries, but also in the street, and on the walls of old industrial buildings. This year’s theme is “The Spaces of the Image,” which invites people to be part of a truly memorable experience about our perception of photography. Read the full story to know more about this exceptional photographic event.

You can check out the full program and the locations on the MOIS DE LA PHOTO WEBSITE.

An interesting aspect of this year’s theme, “The Spaces of the Image,” is the fact that the event organizers are carefully choosing the settings where the photos will be displayed. In fact, expect to find many exhibits in unusual places. At the last edition of this event, I remember seeing video projections and art exhibits in old, disaffected buildings in the Little Burgundy area – it definitely adds a completely different dimension to the works.

This year’s featured artists hail from the four corners of the world, from Canada to China to Congo to Colombia. Among them are Jeff Guess, whose art performance From Hand to Mouth invites the viewer to interact with his artwork to truly understand it, and Montreal-based Emmanuelle Léonard, who is known for her Statistical Landscape (In the Eye of the Worker), a series of photos taken by random people in their work environment. Other noteworthy exhibits include Alfredo Jaar’s The Sound of Silence, a reflection on photojournalism inside a luminous box, and Oscar Muñoz’s art about memory and loss, where the viewer has to blow on a mirror to see photos.

During roughly the same period (September 4-October 4, 2009), the WORLD PRESS PHOTO exhibition will be on at Cabaret Juste pour rire, highlighting the year’s best in photojournalism. It’s a surreal retrospective of 2009, with provocative images of civil wars, protests, and cultural happenings, including people and events that you barely remember or never knew about. And of course there will be the most talked about events of the year – I bet Michael Jackson’s death will be on top of the list – but shown through the eyes of today’s best photographers.

Once again, both le Mois de la photo and the World Press Photo give us the opportunity to reflect on the essence of photography. They make us realize how a photo can change our perception of things, and sometimes, can even change the world.

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