Waddington’s presents the 2021 SNAP Photography Auction in Support of ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto)

March 14 – 20, 2021

Waddington’s is proud to again host the SNAP Photography Auction in support of ACT.

The auction features the winners and jury selections from the 2020 Photo Competition, selected from among hundreds of entries by a blind jury of talented professionals working in the fields of photography, printing and framing.

“In the late summer of 2020, we asked our competitors to work to the theme of ‘Together in Isolation.’ The jury challenged photographers of all skill levels to capture what it meant to them to stick together – or just hold it together – in a time when we couldn’t feel farther apart. The resulting collection captures a unique period in our history in a way that words never could.”

All proceeds from this auction go directly to the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

Please note that this auction is offered under special Terms & Conditions which includes no HST charged on purchases.

For more information about items in the auction or payment or shipping of purchased lots, please contact modonnell@actoronto.ca.


Russell Monk, VINCULO
SNAP Photo Competition Winner: Jim P Shea Award for Best Overall Submission

“This photograph was made whilst working on a series of photographs of my neighbors, in an open air studio in my house in Mexico. It was inspired by the marital situation of my next-door neighbours, who live together but are not “together.” However, I could not persuade them to pose for the photograph, even though their faces would be obscured. So I constructed the image based on them.”

Read our interview with Russell Monk.


Chukwudubem Ukaigwe, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS
SNAP Photo Competition Winner: Rising Star Award of Merit

“This photograph is part of an ongoing project, where I am taking a pseudo-investigative approach in studying photographic histories, by ‘timetravelling’, and imagining my presence in past times. This project is being executed by an overlapping or montaging my self-portraits, with photographic works of artists from older generations (alive and not). Perhaps, this rather inquisitive approach, will give me a broader lens for envisaging; not just the process of particular photographers, but also a simulation of presence in the cultural times, political atmospheres, and scenes portrayed in the older photographs.

With this image in particular, I exercised countervailing theories around Carrie Mae Weems’ theme of altering of domestic space, and exploring social dynamics taking gender into consideration, and timely implications (juxtaposing thoughts on gender positioning in the 90s with the present).”


SNAP Photo Competition Winner: Award of Merit

“An irreducible landscape; any attempt to describe it, and I find myself back, as if in magnetic reluctance, like two bodies that share the same shadow. Reduced to its simple elements, the image wrestles with the perspicuity of vision, the illusion of reality and the continuity of parts. The beach is a landscape that is perpetually reconstructed by popular/cultural/human imagination.

The shoreline serves as a boundary; the beach the symbolic edge of the unknown. The horizon itself marks the limit of the visible distance by human perception; the ocean flattens to a conceivable line, The image is deliberately enigmatic, a pointed structure frames the image from the inside out, frames the body, like a mirror, like a door, a portal, an interspace, it occupies two and three dimensional space, an area that is yet to be solved. It demands an answer but asks no questions. Cloudless blue, the precision of the sand with its ripples and grooves, the horizon imitates reality with uncanny precision; a passive endurance. Marked by uncertainty- the ground of the image invokes questions of the role of physical space in shaping perceptual and subjective realities. A constructed space that appears ordinary yet strangely self aware, suggests a correlation between the body and the social, physical, and emotional spaces that we inhabit. Through conscious reconstruction of an imaginary field, the built environment and the forms within it are neither subjects nor objects but rather symbols of a perceptual realm, oscillating between positions of ‘seeing’ and ‘being seen’.”

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About Waddington’s
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Tess McLean
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