Through Our Eyes

Through Our Eyes: A Jamestown Youth Photography Project

(Part of the 12th annual Toronto CONTACT Photography Festival)
Thursday, May 1 - Thursday, May 29, 2008

Through Our Eyes: A Jamestown Youth Photography Project featured the work of young Jamestown artists who explored their neighbourhood through the lens of a camera as a part of a three-month project in 2006, designed in support of Toronto City Council’s Community Safety Plan (Neighbourhood Action) and in partnership with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. 

Also displayed at the 2007 urbanNOISE Festival, this exciting show arrived at our Storefront Gallery to coincide with Toronto’s annual CONTACT photography festival.  It contained poignant images that reflect experiences, scenes and issues related to the Jamestown neighborhood. With great creativity and unique perspective, these young artists, ranging from age 9 to 25, allow us to get a glimpse of their community as they see it.

We were thrilled that one of the young photographers Mitsy Blair was one of 30 semi-finalists for the Mobile City Photo Competition, a project designed to engage youth in community building through photography in the twin cities of Toronto and Milan. The project was a joint initiative between Toronto Culture, the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto, Toronto Economic Development, George Brown College and the Toronto Transit Commission.

The semi-finalists were chosen from 200 submissions and from these, 10 photographers were chosen to travel to Toronto's twin city Milan to participate in a group exhibit and further their photographic work. Selections from the winning photographs were published in a book in the fall of 2008.

Photographer - Robert Carter

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