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Moyra Davey (photo credit: Gene Pittman)

As Toronto celebrates all things photography during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Moyra Davey was announced as the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award winner at a gala at the Ryerson Image Centre.

By winning the Canadian contemporary photography honour, Davey joins the company of renowned previous winners: Shelley Niro, Suzy Lake, Angela Grauerholz, Mark Ruwedel, Stan Douglas, Arnaud Maggs and Lynne Cohen.

The Scotiabank Photography Award was created to celebrate the creative vision and accomplishments of some of Canada’s most gifted photographers, whose work enriches communities across the world.

With the award, Davey will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and a book of her work published and distributed worldwide by publisher Steidl.

"Moyra’s art is absolutely outstanding," said Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and internationally recognized Canadian photo artist. “Her lens shifts our eyes to unseen, ordinary, and often overlooked moments.”

Originally from Toronto, over the past three decades, Davey has built an incredible body of work with her photographs, writings and videos. Her pieces have been featured in leading visual-arts institutions around the world, like the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna and Tate Liverpool in England.

Her early work featured family and friends before she turned her camera to focus on often overlooked aspects of everyday life. Her unique perspective impressed the award’s jury.

“The jury was struck by her evocative images, which shift between personal reflections to sites of exchange,” noted Candice Hopkins, a writer, curator and 2018 jury member. “For the last 10 years she has chosen to carefully fold up her pictures and send them through the mail. The images, now with their traces of handling, stamps, and carefully handwritten addresses, become another record of exchange. Her images, that collectively create an inventory of relations, become a lexicon of the everyday. Her work has the rare ability to enable us to see anew those things that might otherwise go unnoticed.”

Join us in celebrating Davey’s continuing career with some of our favourite selections of her work.

Tete De Chou, 2010

Copperhead No 21, 1990

Newsstand #2, 1994

Paw, 2003

Hands After JMC, 2017

Subway Writers (detail) 2011 / 2014