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Photrio Symposium | Toronto May 10-13th

  1. Hi All,

    Some huge news for us. Photrio is joining forces with Bob Carnie and Carissa Ainslie from Toronto-based Alternative Photo Services to present the inaugural Photrio Symposium in May.

    This four-day event is jam-packed with programming for photographers in various stages of their careers, with printing and shooting workshops and lectures covering a range of topics from fine art to commercial. The main focus of this event is education.

    Happening during CONTACT, we have incorporated two exhibitions as a part of the events.

    You can find further details throughout our main events site here: https://www.photrioevents.com

    *Tickets will be available soon.

    Bob and Carissa have put together an amazing event, it has been an absolute pleasure working with them. Photrio.com will be following the event closely, providing news, updates, an event gallery and more.

    Additional details to come. Feel free to post any questions in this thread.

  2. Looks fantastic! Wish I could go, but it does not mesh with my teaching holidays unfortunately.
  3. I'm sure it will be a real treat for those that attend. Wish I could make it, but calves will still be hitting the ground.
  4. I would like to see a list of demonstrations, sessions, topics and speakers.

  5. https://www.photrioevents.com/ has much of the program, though there are many TBAs, too.
  6. OK, I found the buttons on the top. Now for the TBAs to be filled.
  7. Patience , we are filling these out on a daily basis.
  8. Ha! Around here?! :D
  9. We are trying to engage speakers that can give us a well rounded approach to Photography. We are approaching many people right now and until we get each persons blessing they are not listed, I imagine within one week we will have 80-90% of our content finalized
    The first APUG conference in 2016 was the same way and we did have over 130 apugers attend ,
  10. This is exciting! I'm hoping to attend.
  11. I'm really hoping I can go this time (didn't make the one way back when). The hard work putting this together is appreciated!!
  12. Austin you will be most welcome. Toronto in May during Contact is an exciting time.
  13. Thanks Bethe, we plan to do this quite often with Sean's blessing, the Toronto event will be large as it is our home town and easy for us to manage, but we are hoping to make this a road show.

    One thing that is important , without an audience there is no show.... our experience tells us that this site in the past provided a base for us to work from, we know with 5 - 10 local colleges and universities
    we will get students, and as well the local art groups and associations will support us, not to mention our Sponsors help. This year we are very happy to have B3K onboard to give us the finances to book our locations.
  14. looks fantastic bob !
    my fingers are crossed i will be able to get away
    i wasn't able to to to the 1st one ...

    i might not be able to know until the last minute ..
    will tickets be available at "the door" or is everything
    only going to be pay in advance ?
  15. In a perfect world all the tickets will be pre sold for all the events... I think the workshops will fill as the photographers teaching them are really well known locally so they will fill fast. The main event hall will handle 200plus people
    I am sure we can fit you in last minute...
    You should try to put some of your work in the Lonsdale Show, this goes for many of you here, this show is all about what we do and I can vouch for many of you as serious long time workers. The Lonsdale show is a feature in Contact and is going up for 2 months, their goal is to have over 500 pieces of Alternative work =(includes silver- hint lith hint ) If anyone here wants to apply send me an email and I can introduce you to the powers to be at the Gallery.

  16. I have rarely been accused of being patient. Do you really expect me to change that?
  17. We can only hope, Would be nice to see some of you California Folks come to this event
  18. My tickets are booked for this, can't wait. I've also been working my ass off in the darkroom this past couple weeks making prints to apply to get into the show.
  19. Have you talked with Simone yet?, if not I will put you in touch with her to confirm you slot.
  20. To intice some of you to come we will be having artist talks where you get 15 min and then the hook comes out and drags you kicking and screaming off the stage.

    this is aimed at photographers currently or ready to start showing their work and doing artist talks.

    Artist Presentations
    Interested in speaking about your work?

    Each day during the symposium, the 2pm-3pm time slot is reserved for four artists to give brief 15 minute lectures about their work. The slideshows will be prepared in advance, and the time limit will be strict.

    If you would like to book a slot, please contact Carissa


    I can tell you from working with her Carissa is strict but fair...
  21. Sadly, I already have a conflicting event, and it's also our daughter's college graduation. So no go for us.

    However, I would encourage everyone else to go. Bob and Carissa are great hosts, and it's exciting to see a photo event for photographers!
  22. Will there be beer?
  23. Am I shorter than 5 foot 5??
  24. More importantly, will Bob and Dinesh be there, and in the same room together?
  25. Dinesh and I are good friends, but I got rid of a phone because of him...
  26. Yup you put us in touch and I have all the details, thanks Bob.
  27. @ Bob Carnie, IIRC it's been about 10 years since there was a symposium in Toronto. I have a couple of flickr pools one for film photography and analogue photography in Canada, plus two more for alternative and LF photography. Give me the nod and I'll post the event in those pools
  28. Hi Jan - abosolutely please post in these pools we would greatly appreciate it.

    On thing not mentioned but a % of net profits is going directly back to PHOTRIO to help build this site and by doing so the goal is to encourage more workers like us to join , contribute and learn.
  29. We are going to be announcing a Silver Workshop component shortly to this Symposium... We are getting excited about the overall content of the workshop leaders and as well the Main Hub lecture Series.
  30. Just added Mike Robinson,, Lorne Wolk and Robert Hill as speakers.
  31. Would love to attend but I think that timeframe is all tied up.
  32. Ticket Prices are live now and there is a Early Bird... by mid next week the full lineup will be live as well..
  33. Are there any plans to try and set up a discounted rate with any hotels in the area?
  34. That is something we can consider but frankly with Air B &B I doubt we can make anything worthwhile happen, but will look into it .
  35. It's a shame this is right after the PPOC convention in Vancouver. Hopefully it'll be a huge success and I'll be able to make it out next year (also hoping it'll be in my neck of the woods again next year).
  36. As we get closer , Sean, Carissa and I will be blogging, marketing, and basically pushing this symposium... We believe there is something here for anyone and in South Western Ontarian Slang... its worth the drive to Acton.


    This is the event that launches the Symposium on Thursday evening., Wow all wet prints can you imagine, Wow people from this Site in the show, Wow a Feature Show in Contact...
    more subtle propaganda still to come , stay tuned.
  37. looks awesome - hope its a massive success.

    May is a bit soon for me to sort my life out but I'd def be up for next one. Never been to Canada either so it would make it the perfect excuse
  38. Spoiler alert.. if the first one in Toronto works out... then San Fran and Montreal are the next stops. South Western France between Lyon and Spain (small town) is a distinct possibility for 2019

    We have sponsorship in place right now and we have made lots of pre sell on tickets but remember and this is important... Without an Audience there is no show.. We think we are putting together a really jammed packed weekend of education for everyone with lots of wonderful events in the evenings, not to mention Contact Photo Festival is on at the same time so hundreds of gallerys with photo shows are up.

    Each location will be different in how we approach the city, and some will be smaller and more focused than others.
  39. Bob, best of luck with this. I hope it is a big success.
  40. Thanks Michael we are in talks to come to Montreal this Fall as well.

  41. Go West, young man!
    (I know about your presence at Capture in Vancouver this year).
  42. We are starting with San Fran, and yes as Carissa is in Vancouver for our three Capture shows at the Playground, we are trying to meet with people that can help us make this a reality.
    Capture did not accept any of our shows as features which kind of pissed me off but maybe we did not try hard enough or know the right people .
    Our presence in Vancouver this year will be a good start to actually meet people and see if we can make it happen... I am particularly fond of Vancouver Island and would imagine
    a incredible Photrio Symposium could be worked out.
    One thing we have learned is that we need really solid help on ground to make this happen, which includes all facets of the Photo Community. Here in Toronto (my home) we know a lot of good supporting people that want to make this first one (second actually 2006) a real success.
  43. It is Canada, of course there will be beer.
  44. Here is a prom video I hope all interested could share .. it talks about a photographers weekend this month and as well the Symposium

  45. Great video Bob, your team are doing an amazing job!