Running until Feb. 28, the festival hopes to generate participation in photography, dialogue about the medium, and its past, present and future.
Exposure also seeks to expand awareness, to educate, inform and delight all those around.
Board director Dona Schwartz, said that along with the excitement that the festival brings, it also offers many educational opportunities for young photographers.
“[The exhibitions] give audiences an opportunity to view photographic prints first hand, not on screen, or online.”
Events within the festival like lectures, workshops, film series, networking with other photographers and portfolio review are a few ways that young photographers can get involved with the festival, said Schwartz.
“Photographers get to see photographic image-making at its very best, both in terms of professional practice and conceptualization of photographic work,” said Schwartz.
“[It’s] a great way to provide an opportunity for direct interaction with practicing photographers of all kinds.”
The non-profit festival was established in 2004 and is run by a passionate group of directors who are devoted to photography.
They look forward to welcoming the photography community to an exciting and inspiring festival, that celebrates photography and photographers from near and far.
[It’s] a great way to provide an opportunity for direct interaction with practicing photographers of all kinds.- Dona Schwartz
In its 13 years, Exposure is Alberta’s only photography festival that continues to deliver great work from photographers and videographers.
With 25,000 attendees joining the photo frenzy each year, Exposure embraces a large audience from beginners to professionals, along with building a larger, more welcoming community for photographers.
“We always look forward to the synergies produced by bringing together members of this creative community,” said Schwartz.
Exposure is free and open to the public and will showcase over a dozen aspiring artists and professional photographers and their various types of landscape, exposure and portrait photography.
Specific exhibitions that promise a unique look of Alberta this February include:
- Alberta Through The Back Door: The exhibit highlights complicated visions of Alberta’s pioneering past and ever growing West, in a visual diary. It is running until April 7 and put together by four photographers, including SAIT’s George Webber. Webber’s eye for Calgary’s feral side will be presented at the Resolve Photo studio on 333 36 Ave S.E.
- Muse: This is the seventh installment of the popular exhibition, featuring Jason Eng, Colin Way, Bryce Meyer, Julya Hajnoczky, Jeremy Fokkens, Nathan Elson, and ACAD graduate Greg Gerla. It runs from Feb. 15 to 28. The collaboration features personal work that explores what inspires each of the artists, and will be presented at Studio 122 at #122, 4029 8th St. S.E.
- Cowboys of the Americas: The trip to Banff’s Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies will not disappoint. Diana Thorneycroft will showcase her exhibition, O Canada, that explores Canadian identity and culture, Luis Fabini’s Cowboys of the Americas highlights cowboy culture. Other artists from the Banff Community High School, Canmore Collegiate High School and Morley Community School will exhibit their work and experiences from a four month project in both traditional and digital mediums. The exhibition will celebrate the area of Banff from Feb. 4 to April 2.
- Calgary By Air: Vincent Chahley provides an aerial perspective of the city in the winter, using patterns, textures and shadows. The exhibition will run at Monogram Coffee at 4814 16 St. S.W. until Feb. 28.
- Night Skies At The Cave: Parks Canada photographers Ryan Bray, Amar Athwal and Rogier Gruys showcase a photo display of the night sky, at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff, 311 Cave Avenue. The display will continue until on Feb. 28 and include an inflatable planetarium.
The full calendar of the events lists the range of locations, times and artists for the month of February.