At the Art Gallery : The AIMIA AGO Photography Prize Exhibit

at AIMIA AGO Photography Prize viewing


Meghan and I had an excellent art-date at the gallery recently -- it was the opening of a contemporary photography exhibit, where the works of the four finalists for The 2016 AIMIA AGO Photography Prize were on display.

The prize of $50,000 will be given to the winning photographer, as voted for by the people who see their work hanging at the gallery. Eligible artists were selected from a pool of Canadian and International talent. The display will be there until November 27th, 2016, when voting closes and the winner declared. There are voting stations there or you can vote later online. Admission to the show is free with the price of a regular gallery visit. Read more about this prize and the finalists on the AGO's site here - AIMIA AGO Photography Prize.

First we met for a glass of wine and the best potato chips we've ever tasted in the gallery's Galleria Italia. Yes, those chips -- handmade, fresh and totally delicious. It's hard to believe that we found the best of something food-wise at the art gallery!

in galleria italia art gallery of ontario toronto


in galleria italia ago toronto


wine and handmade potato chips


Then we headed up to a conference room on the third floor where the four nominees for this year's prize were live in person, discussing their individual techniques and answering questions.

nominees for AIMIA AGO Photography Prize toronto


artists talk ago


The photographers were, from left to right, after the exhibition curator Adelina Vlas : Canadian Elizabeth Zvonar (second from the left), American Talia Chetrit, Jimmy Robert from France, and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg from Germany, who was there with her translator.

Following the talk, we went to see the art.

Some of Elizabeth Zvonar's pieces ...

looking at the work of elizabeth zvonar AIMIA AGO Photography Prize


French fantasy photography collage by Elizabeth Zvonar at ago toronto


at AIMIA AGO Photography Prize viewing toronto


Some of Talia Chetrit's pieces ...

dress heat photograph by Talia Chetrit at art gallery of ontario ago toronto


photographs by Talia Chetrit at ago toronto


Some of Jimmy Robert's pieces ...

piece by Jimmy Robert at art gallery of ontario toronto


Jimmy Robert photography at art gallery of ontario toronto


looking at work of photographer Jimmy Robert at ago toronto


work of photographer Jimmy Robert at ago toronto


viewing AIMIA AGO Photography Prize nominee work jimmy robert section


Some of Ursula Schulz-Dornburg's pieces ...

photograph by Ursula Schulz Dornburg nominee AIMIA AGO Photography Prize toronto


photograph by Ursula Schulz Dornburg nominee for AIMIA AGO Photography Prize


photograph by Ursula Schulz Dornburg nominee AIMIA AGO Photography Prize


looking at Ursula Schulz Dornburg photographs at ago


AIMIA AGO Photography Prize show opening night


Voting ...

voting for photography prize winner


[Follow-up : Ursula Schulz-Dornburg won the prize!]

Unrelated to the photo exhibit ...

at ago art gallery of ontario toronto


After leaving the gallery, we headed down to Queen Street West. The sky was stunning.

dramatic clouds and church


clouds


We stopped at Saku for some sushi and Japanese beer.

at saku sushi queen street west toronto


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at sushi restaurant


sushi sampler at saki sushi queen street west


Soon after taking a seat the skies opened up and it absolutely poured, making the restaurant feel very cozy indeed. We took our time and left only after the rain had stopped, walking home in what was a beautiful late-summer night.


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xo loulou

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3 Responses to At the Art Gallery : The AIMIA AGO Photography Prize Exhibit

  1. Norma says:

    I loved the bus shelter photos & am rather interested in the person lying on what looks like a war memorial. Looks like a very interesting exhibition.x

  2. Julie says:

    ooh, those photos look amazing, and how cool to have been there for that night! Those potato chips look epic even in the photos- skin on, thick cut… yum. And I love that photo of you at Saku!

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