How to Check Out the 19th Annual Exposure Photography Festival

Running throughout February, the festival features works by well-established photographers and local up-and-comers in more than 30 exhibitions across Alberta.

The Exposure Fence exhibition from Chinook Blast 2021. Photograph by Neil Zeller.

Alberta’s biggest photo festival, Exposure Photography Festival, is back again for its 19th year. Throughout the month of February, Exposure brings more than 30 photo exhibitions from renowned photographers — as well as local up-and-comers — to museums, galleries and outdoor locations around Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Edmonton and Frank. 

To get things started before its official launch date, Exposure is partnering with Chinook Blast for Exposure Fence: People & Place, an outdoor exhibition at Olympic Plaza featuring the works of five artists from Treaty 6 and 7 communities (this event runs from January 27 to February 12).

The rest of the festival officially kicks off with the launch party on February 2 at Contemporary Calgary. The opening is free to attend, but requires advanced registration. 

More exhibitions will be popping up throughout the month — here in Calgary, venues such as AUArts, Christine Klassen Gallery, cSpace King Edward, Herringer Kiss Gallery and Lux Laundromat will all host exhibitions, as will the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. There will also be three electronic billboards around the city featuring a rotating selection of curated photos for all Calgarians to check out. A full list of exhibitions can be found online.

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