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THIS IS MY CITY FESTIVAL 2012

A Moment in Time


February 3rd to 28th

Art Wall, Calgary Public Library, Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE

Presented by This is My City Art Society



"...A good street photograph is remarkable because it makes something very ordinary seem extraordinary."

— Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, Street Photography Now


This is My City Art Society (TMC), in partnership with the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre (the DI), is presenting this exhibition of photographs by its clients, taken as part of the DI’s art project called ‘Photo Voice’. The images show a keen observation of life on the streets and in the Centre. This is street photography in its purest form: taken by people who know the streets intimately and spend the time observing. It makes the ‘ordinary’ of their world into the ‘extraordinary’ by capturing moments of quiet beauty and offering a glimpse into a way of life not generally seen.

Photography is a very accessible art form: not everyone thinks they can draw or write, but everyone takes pictures, no matter what kind of technology they have (cell phone, digital camera, disposable film camera). The images selected show a variety of perspectives: from the inner scenes of a homeless shelter to everyday views of Calgary’s streets, parks, and inhabitants. The photographers here are not professionals but people with an interest in documenting their day-to-day existence. In the spontaneity of the photos, a slice of real life not usually represented is poetically displayed.

TMC would like to thank the participants of ‘Photo Voice’; the staff of the DI, especially Jordan and Paul; Vistek; and the Central Library.

Cat Schick
Exhibition curator, photographer and TMC artist-mentor


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