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The Best Photography Galleries in Toronto

Posted by Joseph / April 8, 2008

Photo Galleries TorontoDuring the month of May more than 200 venues in Toronto showcase local and international photographers in the largest photography event in the world, Contact. The annual festival highlights not only this city's love for photography, but gives a chance for many talented photographers to display their work.

But May is not the only month to view great photography in Toronto. Dozens of galleries dedicate their exhibit space exclusively or predominately to photography all year long.

In our Best of Toronto survey, a wide-range of photography galleries were selected by our readers. Community-based and artist-run galleries like Gallery 44 and Gallery TPW offer exhibition space for their members. Pikto and Toronto Image Works display photos and also provide a wide-range of photography services in their store. In addition, readers highlighted more traditional individually curated venues, such as The Elaine Fleck Gallery and, our winner, the Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Stephen Bulger Gallery

Stephen Bulger Gallery

Focuses largely on documentary photography or photos that tell stories, and exhibits historic, established or mid-career artists. One of the major forces behind CONTACT. More »

Gallery 44

Gallery 44

Founded in 1979, Gallery 44 is a non-profit artist-run centre that features contemporary photography exhibits. Workshops and education programs are offered and a resource centre, darkroom and production facilities are available to members. More »

Gallery TPW

Gallery TPW

Vibrant gallery explores the vital role still and moving images play in contemporary culture. The new location on Ossington opened in the fall of 2006. More »

Pikto Gallery

Pikto Gallery

Pikto Gallery has a small exhibition space that complements its suite of services geared toward photography professionals including studio space and lab services. More »

Ryerson Gallery

Ryerson Gallery

Student and faculty run gallery programmed by Ryerson's School of Image Arts. Founded in 1990, the space also provides a venue for Canadian film and new media. More »

Toronto Image Works

Toronto Image Works

Popular destination for photo and digital printing and services, TIW also houses a small gallery space.

SPORT Gallery

SPORT Gallery

SPORT Gallery is tucked away on the second floor of the Stone Distillery Building in Toronto's Distillery District. The industrial space features a selection of photography, illustration and fine art from the magazine's archives. More »

Discussion

14 Comments

Derek / April 8, 2008 at 04:20 pm
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I love the quick reviews AND a map to boot!
I can't find a map on the Contact website, although my ADHD kicked in after 3 minutes of searching. Any idea where I can get a map of all the sites featured during the Contact Festival?
Sean Galbraith / April 8, 2008 at 04:54 pm
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And opening this week is a new gallery (of mine) called galleryDK, at 1332 Queen Street West. We will be primarily a lens-based media gallery (photo, photobased and video). Hopefully next year we'll make this list!
KatieC / April 8, 2008 at 10:25 pm
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Derek --

The CONTACT magazine will be out April 16 with all the maps.
KatieC / April 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm
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Also, a pdf version of the guide should be available at this link soon:
http://www.contactphoto.com/magazine.php
Derek / April 9, 2008 at 07:08 pm
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Thanks Katie(C). I have bookmarked the link!
Liset Cruz-Font / April 17, 2008 at 11:11 am
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I highly suggest to check QSQ (Queen Street Qreative), a gallery/giclee printing shop located on 246 Queen St. East.
travel_junkie / April 22, 2010 at 08:10 pm
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There's a great gallery on Queen Street East (near Broadview)called ROUGE CONCEPT. One of my favs in the city. Looks like they're also taking part in CONTACT. Always worth the visit.
Stacey / May 18, 2010 at 11:24 am
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There is a great gallery at King and Yonge called GTA Photography Classes. It is a photography studio that also offers classes! The loft studio showcases professional work as well photos taken by students who have taken the classes.

I took the Photo 101 course and highly recommend it! The link to the website is below:
http://gtaphotographyclasses.com/classes/


Rosemary / September 23, 2010 at 04:06 pm
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There's another incredible photo gallery on Dundas- Bau-Xi Photo, across from the AGO.
Alexei replying to a comment from Liset Cruz-Font / November 16, 2011 at 01:41 pm
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Have they moved to 845 College Street West?
Photos / June 27, 2012 at 02:11 am
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Excellent photography , Thanks for sharing
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm
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There's a great gallery on Queen Street East (near Broadview)called ROUGE CONCEPT. One of my favs in the city. Looks like they're also taking part in CONTACT. Always worth the visit.
Lynne Mack / June 15, 2013 at 09:06 am
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I have a Besseler 23C Enlarger, with lens, for sale to individual or give away to museum, plus all the pharaphalia that goes with from my long defunct darkroom. Needs a new home before I move on June 30th.
Jeremy Taylor / June 25, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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Please supply contact information, website address, e-mail address for the new Gallery DK. I found nothing at 1332 Queen St. West.

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