Broaden Your Perspective of the Vast and Complex World with Photojournalistic Masters Michelle Shephard, Ethan Meleg and Sam Mehta at Exposure, Spring 2012

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The stages are built and the speakers are warmed up. Exposure, sponsored in part by the Henry’s School of Imaging, the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen, is now officially less than a week away. Exposure will take place at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from May 25th-27th, 2012 and will let you be amongst the first to get your hands on the latest in photo technology from brands such as Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fujifilm.

Alongside new products, bargain tables and exclusive show deals on photographic gear, Exposure is also honoured to welcome an incredible assortment of published and award-winning professional speakers, including Toronto Star Photojournalist Michelle Shephard, Canadian Wildlife Photographer Ethan Meleg and passionately inspiring travel photographer Sam Mehta.

Some have said that viewing life through a lens narrows your vision on the world. However, the works of these esteemed photographers only aid to deny and contradict this belief. To them, the camera destroys the tunnel around our perspective on the planet, and reveals life in all of its variety. Michelle Shephard’s award-winning and profound political snapshots, Ethan Meleg’s wildlife masterpieces, or Sam Mehta’s adventurous details of his travels—each bring us closer to comprehension of the vast and complex world that we live in. These three artists have exposed emotion, veracity and wonder through their work; some of the many reasons why they are warmly welcomed and eagerly anticipated to the stage at Exposure, Spring 2012.

Twice a recipient of the National Newspaper Award and the Governor General's Michener Award for Public Service Journalism, Michelle Shephard started her photojournalism career among the crumbling remains of New York City's World Trade Center on the night of 9/11. Now working as the Toronto Star's National Security reporter, she scours the streets of Mogadishu to the mountains of Waziristan as intensely as she does the political power plays of Washington and Ottawa. A photographer who puts the story before the technical mastery of the image, Michelle is first and foremost a student of the world, whose photography seeks to answer questions she has about our place in an environment mediated by injustice and violence. Exposure thanks the Toronto Star for allowing us this opportunity to present Michelle to our audience.

Published by National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Forbes, Ontario Tourism, Lonely Planet, Popular Photography, and humourist for an Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine column, Ethan Meleg is the definitive professional photographer living the dream and doing what he loves. A specialist in photography of the natural world who captures images of birds, wildlife, landscapes, and outdoor recreation in their natural glory, Ethan is the consummate explorer. Driven by a passion for Canadian wildlife, he scours our precious landforms with a camera lens as his only guide and creates images that define who we are as Canadians. Along with the prestige of his published works, Ethan is a popular and accomplished presenter; his talks offer a rare blend of amazing imagery plus entertaining dialogue. Humorous, informative and inspirational, Exposure is proud to include Ethan as a speaker at this year's inaugural show.

Exposure is proud to present the powerful imagery of an adventurist, a truly passionate photographer and life-long lover of travel. Sam Mehta has traveled the world to exotic destinations, but his eye remains focused on capturing the magical details of unfamiliar territory and making it his own. A strong character with a delicate eye, Sam has completed the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal in 2010 and trekked other regions in the Himalayas (Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh) in 2011. Sam is scheduled to tour the remaining Himalayan regions (Tibet, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) in 2012, completing his three-year plan to capture images of Himalayan people and places. An ardent user of Canon DSLR gear, Sam will discuss his approach to photography, his choice of travel gear, what he packs, and what equipment he uses when hiking in remote locations. Bring your backpack! Sam's presentation will have you traveling to the ends of the Earth and back.

Exposure is extremely excited to welcome these talented individuals to the stage, and we can’t wait to see you there!

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