NOW Magazine and Toronto Life, May 2013

NOW Magazine, May 23, 2013:
ART: Contact Photography Festival
Can’t-miss exhibitions in the mammoth photography festival:
David Kaufman

Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St W

By Fran Schechter

Calling his show Early Sunday Morning after an Edward Hopper painting, photographer/filmmaker Kaufman channels the luminous stillness of Hopper’s early 20th-century urban scenes in order to pay homage to Toronto’s pre-World War I red-brick main-street architecture. Large, crystal-clear colour prints capture the beautiful buildings on empty streets in early morning sunlight, framing them dead-on so their character and ornamental details outshine the gentrified or grubby storefronts at ground level. Downtown towers in some backgrounds hint at the bland cityscape we’ll end up with in the future if we fail to protect these architectural treasures.


Toronto Life, May 9, 2013:
Contact Photography Festival Guide: 10 must-see exhibits at the world’s largest photography festival

by Michelle Reddick

The Contact Photography Festival turns Toronto into a de facto art installation…With almost 200 exhibits spread across the city, even the savviest gallery-goer can be overwhelmed. We whittled the wonderfully massive list to 10 must-see showpieces to give you an insider edge on where to see the most awe-inspiring images…

Early Sunday Morning
David Kaufman

Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St W
A must for architecture buffs (and anyone nostalgic for a time when “brick-and-mortar” was more than just an expression), Kaufman’s exhibit displays the century-old masonry of the brick walk-ups along Queen Street in loving, large-scale detail. The aesthetic is inspired by the Edward Hopper painting of the same name.






Queen Street east of Sherbourne #2, Toronto, April 2012