Our Spring Publication Featuring Greg Girard AND Edition Toronto Book Fair News

posted September 12, 2016 in Announcements, Edition Toronto

Hi Magenta friends,

Happy Early Fall!

We hope you’ve had a busy and productive summer. We’ve been continuing to collaborate on Edition Toronto, the upcoming Toronto book fair running in conjunction with Art Toronto (more below). And in very recent news, we’ve announced a highly anticipated spring publication…

Under Vancouver 1972-1982 by Greg Girard

Arco Hotel 1975 by Greg Girard
Above: Arco Hotel 1975 by Greg Girard

Under Vancouver 1972-1982 is the first comprehensive collection of Girard’s early photographs of Vancouver. Made in and of the moment, a young photographer’s earliest engagements (often featuring the underside of the city), the pictures now form an unintended photographic record of a Vancouver that has all but disappeared. They reveal an early interest in the hidden and the overlooked, the use of colour film at night, and the extended photographic inquiry of a specific place, all of which became signature features of later books such as City of Darkness and City of Darkness Revisited (about the infamous Kowloon Walled City), Phantom Shanghai and Hanoi Calling.

As always, stay tuned here and on social media (Facebook, Twitter in particular) for upcoming information on this publication.

Edition Toronto Book Fair News

Rutherford's "We Buy White Albums" on view at the Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo (2015). Photo courtesy the artist.
Above: Rutherford Chang’s We Buy White Albums, part of Edition Toronto’s programming. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lots of news about Edition Toronto Art Book Fair that is just over a month away. We’re seeking volunteers from October 24 to 31, so please do sign up or spread the word (or both): editiontoronto.com/volunteers. The programming is absolutely stellar, too many must-attends from panels to speakers and more to mention right here, but check out this list and mark it down on your calendar or join the Edition Toronto Facebook event page for an auto-reminder.

Among the aforementioned Edition Toronto programming is a show-and-tell-style presentation from Book Club. This club was featured in Toronto Standard‘s Shelf Life column and offers up a fascinating glimpse into this particular group of bibliophiles. Edition Toronto is also given a succinct nod in the forthcoming Fall issue of Canadian Art coming out September 15th, so do have a look!

Hope to see you all out in late October!

Edition Toronto: Toronto Interational Art Book Fair

posted July 6, 2016 in Edition Toronto

Hi Magenta friends,

We’ve got new and exciting news to share! In October we’re introducing Edition Toronto: Toronto International Art Book Fair. Edition Toronto is dedicated to art book publishing in all forms, while building an appreciation for artworks produced in editions of more than one. We welcome book publishers, commercial galleries, artist-run centres, and independent artists, collectives, book-makers and dealers from around the world. Visitors will have their eyes and minds opened to alternative ways of looking at and collecting art as they browse a wide range of contemporary and historical editions, multiples, publications and collectible art-related ephemera. Here’s the Edition Toronto website and the Facebook page: please check them out!

Edition Toronto

From October 28 to 31, 2016, Edition Toronto will run concurrently with Art Toronto, Canada’s international art fair (which had over 21,000 visitors last year) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Exhibitor Applications: Visit editiontoronto.com/apply and fill out our online application for exhibitors. There is NO FEE to apply, however please note that this is a curated fair and submission and application is not a guarantee of participation.

We will accept applications until July 28, 2016. Please submit your application as soon as possible.
Once we get through all applications, you will be notified as to your status. Please keep an eye on all your inboxes and SPAM/JUNK folder as well.

More about Edition Toronto:
Edition Toronto is also pleased to be collaborating with Art Metropole, an organization that has been dedicated to the promotion, distribution and conservation of artist’s books and multiples since 1974, in the development of the fair’s programming. Throughout the weekend, workshops and panel discussions by local, national and international artists, curators, collectors, critics, performers and other visionaries will educate, enlighten and engage visitors to the fair.

Pittsburgh Portrait Photographers: FREE + OPEN Call For Submissions

posted February 1, 2016 in Announcements, Pittsburgh, Popups

Andre (detail) from the series Queen Ave. Dead End (2014) by Ricky Rhodes (Flash Forward 2016 US Winner)

Above: Andre from the series Queen Ave. Dead End by Ricky Rhodes (Flash Forward 2016 US Winner)

Hello Magenta Foundation friends,

Here’s hoping February is off to a great start for all of you. We’re already busy as can be starting the month with an announcement regarding Magenta POP: Pittsburgh. It’s a Call for Entries for Pittsburgh Portrait Photographers. And did we mention it is a FREE and OPEN call for submissions? Please do take a moment to encourage eligible artists to submit.

Here is the our criteria (re-iterated on our page: magentafoundation.org/popups/pop-2016-call)

1. This is a Call for Submissions for all photography students, emerging photographers and professional photographers from the Pittsburgh region. Photographers from the following counties are eligible to apply: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.
2. We will accept the following types of portraits: Street, Environmental, Conceptual, Groups and Couples, Selfies, Self-Portraits, Constructed Images, and Alternative Processes
3. This is a PORTRAIT photography show, so please submit images related to this topic. Anything else will be disqualified.

Head over here for instructions on how to submit.

On that note, we are so happy to welcome the enormous talent of Philip Prodger, Head of Photographs of the National Portrait Gallery in the United Kingdom, who will curate Magenta POP: Pittsburgh’s Spring 2016 Group Exhibition. The exhibition will open April 22, 2016, at 937 Liberty Avenue, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl, and end May 21, 2016.

A big thanks of course goes out to our partners Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership  and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Happy February!

The Magenta Foundation announces $10,000 grant with Flash Forward 2016

posted January 4, 2016 in Announcements, Flash Forward 2016

An Exploding Body I and II by Bryan Huynh (CA 2015 Winner)

The Magenta Foundation announces $10,000 grant with Flash Forward 2016


The Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Project Grant announced today by The Magenta Foundation is for all photographers who already meet the criteria of the Flash Forward program and need seed money to continue working on their projects. Interested and qualified emerging photographers need to apply for inclusion in Flash Forward 2016 by January 15, 2016

Magenta has always been proud of everything Flash Forward has accomplished for emerging artists. And now the trailblazing program continues to invest in artists who have talent and need support and encouragement to continue their work. The most lasting achievement of the program is all the talent that has come through in what we call The Flash Forward Family. These artists have built formidable careers—thanks to the launching pad nature of the program, which helps bring attention to the work they do. Artists such as Andrew Rowat, Donald Weber, Dominic Nahr, Simon Roberts, Melissa Gibson, Spencer Murphy, Matt Eich, Jenn Ackerman, Lucas Foglia and many, many others, are the true testament to this world-class program and how it has helped encourage and empower emerging artists at the beginning of their careers. Watching them grow and prosper has been a true honour.

The Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Project Grant is for all those artists who need the monetary funds to continue their projects, longer term, or to help them finish what they have been working on. This extended prizing is fully in line with Flash Forward’s original mandate to be a program that invests in artists, though recognition, publication, exhibitions, social media and acknowledgement in every possible way.

Follow this link to submit http://www.magentafoundation.org/flash-forward/. Everyone must fall under the criteria of Flash Forward. There will now be three prizes, plus a high-end publication, touring exhibitions, a festival in Boston and all the accolades that come from our program now and in the future.

We wish everyone the best of luck. Thank you for always inspiring us to work harder to bring your talent and work to a larger global audience.

MaryAnn Camilleri


Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Project Grant: $10,000

In the continuance of Flash Forward and its proactive leadership on artist encouragement and support, this grant will enable all photographers, in all mediums, to fulfill the goal of a larger scale of project. This monetary grant is for ALL photographers who need the essential seed money to work on long-term projects in progress.


  • Money goes toward projects that are in progress and not completed.
  • Funds are to assist photographers and help them fulfill their vision.
  • All types of photography are welcome, including documentary, photojournalism, fine art, digital mixed-media, etc.
  • Also included in prizing is a chapter in the next Flash Forward publication. The selected winner of this grant and the work in progress will be highlighted.

How It Works

All photographers who submit to Flash Forward will be considered. Those who already submitted are also part of this award judging process.

Five semi finalists will be contacted and asked questions about their work, after which a winner will be chosen.

The competition catalogue will include a chapter dedicated to the selected project and its progress in the 2016 year and the following year.

Thank You

The Magenta Foundation would like to extend their gratitude to TD Bank Group for jumping into 2016 with us and helping us create another exciting opportunity for emerging photographers.

Q And A With Magenta’s Incubator Flash Challenge #1 Winner

posted December 4, 2015 in Flash Forward 2016, Incubator

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#FFIPChallenge1 by Dexter B-G. of Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA)

Happy December and Season’s Greetings!

In a departure from our usual format, this month you’re in for a fun and illuminating profile of the student who won our Flash Challenge. Dexter B-G. is a Toronto high school student who recently clinched Incubator Flash Challenge #1 with his entry above (you can read about the challenge here). Flash Forward Incubator is Magenta’s arts education program dedicated to supporting emerging artists in the high school setting. Do follow its dedicated Instagram account, and come add a word (or emoji) of support: instagram.com/flashfwdincubator.

Congrats to this emerging artist! And a thank you to our presenting sponsor, TD Bank Group, who helps support this program for the arts. Here is what Dexter has to say about his school, artistic inspiration, the Incubator program and more.

Q: What’s it like being a student at Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA)?
A: ESA has a great community of like-minded people who are passionate about their art. I can only speak for the Visual Arts and Photography programs, but one of the greatest aspects of ESA is the responsibility and trust the teachers put in the students. In Visual Arts you are encouraged to evolve your ideas and skills as an individual artist rather than sit through technique classes that only benefit a portion of the students.

Q: Who is the subject in the photo?
A: The subject of the photo is my four-year-old cousin, who was very easy to work with, on the condition that we listen to the Star Wars soundtrack during the shoot.

Q: Explain how you achieved the overhead photo. How much planning went into your set up?
A: I was standing on a separate table with a tripod, looking over the subject with a wide-angle lens. I had wanted to do this project for around a month but the actual setting up and finding of subjects took about two weeks.

Q: What inspires you the most about using photography?
A: I am interested in the apparent objectivity that comes with photography. Even though most people are aware that images are not always truthful, the medium is often used to manipulate the subject to serve an agenda. I enjoy manipulating and playing with that authority.

Q: What are your plans after high school?
A: I am still very flexible with my post-secondary plans, but I know I want to go to university for either visual arts or science. Though, those are very broad paths in seemingly opposite directions I have found that art and science are similar fields that require creative and curious people.

Q: Even though it is early in the Incubator program, what is it like being a participant? What excites you most about the program?
A: The Incubator Program has a nice flexible structure that gives you freedom, with light prompts and deadlines to keep you on track. I’m excited about critiquing and being critiqued by students from outside of ESA, as I feel that opinions and ideas can become bias and stale when they are not challenged.

Q: What influences your artistic ideas? Where do you look for inspiration?
A: During the summer I travelled through South-East Asia, which affected everything in my life including my art. Though, on a day-to-day basis I often gravitate towards philosophy books, Art 21, and the vitamin books by Phaidon, which is a great series of contemporary art books. I also draw huge inspiration from making music, film and poetry, where I explore similar themes as my visual art.

Thank you Dexter! And to all of our Magenta Friends, wishing you a happy and safe festive season.

Call For Submissions: Flash Forward 2016 Photography Competition

posted October 27, 2015 in Flash Forward 2016

The Fabric of Space and Time, 2014 by Kevin Van Aelst (US)

Above: It’s the Flash Forward 2016 Call for Entries, starting now and going on until December 29, 2015!

Are you an emerging photographer? Do you know an emerging photographer you think should be recognized for their work? Then we invite you to submit your work or tell your eligible friends to submit theirs in our Flash Forward 2016 competition for emerging photographers. This is Year 12 of this renowned competition that is open to photographers working in Canada, the US and the UK who are 34 years of age or younger by the end of 2015. Head over to our website to get all the details about how to submit and our competition guidelines: magentafoundation.org/flash-forward.

There is a 1st place cash prize of $8,000 that will be awarded to the 2016 Bright Spark, an emerging photographer whose submitted body of work is identified by the jury as being extraordinarily accomplished.

The 2nd place winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize.

Air Canada enRoute Magazine will commission one of the Flash Forward winners for their magazine. Not only will their work get featured in the magazine, additional images will be exhibited as a solo exhibition during the Flash Forward Festival in Boston. This is NOT limited to 1st or 2nd place. This award is for any of the winners that are selected from the 2016 year in CAD, UK or US.

As we mentioned, Flash Forward is in its 12th year. Year 11 was Flash Forward 2015 which we recently celebrated with a book launch and exhibition at Division Gallery in Toronto. Come and have a look at our album of party photos and get your own copy of the publication here in our shop.  Right here we would like to say thanks to TD Bank Group, the Flash Forward Presenting Sponsor who helps to make this all possible.

Flash Forward 2015

Maybe we’ll see your work in our Flash Forward pages next year, but of course, not if you don’t submit! Don’t delay, the end of December will arrive sooner than you suspect.

Happy Halloween!