After meeting Andre a few times during one of my walks through the Distillery District, my new office mate and myself, were lucky to have a scheduled appointment. Finally we had the chance to discuss with Andre Souroujon and Saul Lederman, the business owners of Pikto, about what services they provide to the community. I was on a mission to find the special qualities of Pikto, and what makes it such a unique business. First of all, I was amazed walking in and seeing this thriving business in a building which keeps its historical integrity. I admire the brick walls and seeing international photography hung in the gallery entrance. Pikto Inc. has been located in the Distillery District since 2003 and these two business owners came together out of their common interest and love for photography and the community. In this unique space there is a gallery and they change the photo exhibits approximately every six weeks. International professional photographers enter and display their art work at the Pikto Inc. gallery. Andre and Saul make it worth while for these talented photographers to exhibit, and have well established judges for their Pikto Top Pick contests and great prizes.
Scotiabank Contact Festival
Saul Lederman was proud to tell us that Pikto is one of the proud business participants for the Contact Festival 2011, sponsored by Scotiabank. Apparently this festival consists of four photography exhibitions. One is held in May and is located in the lovely outdoor cobblestone Distillery District courtyard in May. Another show is held inside the actual Pikto gallery located at 55 Mill Street, Bldg 59. The Boiler House and Archeo Restaurant are the other two exhibition locations. The theme for Contact 2011 is figure and ground. Pikto will feature mega-city landscapes. I am looking forward to viewing this examination of a rapidly changing society.
During my visit, my eyes were drawn towards the beautifully made books on display at Pikto. I was even more intrigued to find out that the ‘Photobooks’ are one of Pikto’s top sellers. As an artist I realized the potential of turning my painting portfolio into an exquisite hard copy. Saul told me that these photobooks prices start at $25 and up. It depends on the type of book and quality you want to design and publish. The books on display provided great examples of the book quality, and lots of inspiration. The photo studio, gallery, equipment and services available for professional and amateur photographers are remarkable. I might even consider taking a workshop or two to further develop my photography skills. I definitely am going to attend the opening reception, Thousand, featuring the work of Rafal Gerszak at the Pikto Gallery on Feb 4th, 2011 6pm-10pm. The show date is Feb 3rd – Mar 6th, 2011 for those that can not attend.