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With the annual Contact photography festival occupying so many galleries and non-traditional spaces — 134 in all — time is at a premium. This year’s fest is richly diverse in styles and talents. To help you choose, here’s a small cross-section of shows featuring the young, the old, the beautiful and the bold.

Times3 at the Wynick/Tuck Gallery (401 Richmond West), May 4-28. 416-504-8716.

Wynick/Tuck presents three artists on the subject of time. Diane Bos is a master of shadow and light, Sara Angelucci manipulates colours to strange effect, and Kim Adams does big, bright, industrial-inspired works. She’s on a roll after a show at the Power Plant late last year.

DocuLomo: The Toronto SuperSampler Challenge at Gallery TPW (80 Spadina), May 16-June 22. 416-504-4242.

Doculomo is pure loco. Forty Toronto artists are set loose, each with a four-shot SuperSampler, an unusual camera that uses four lenses to record four slightly different images on one 35mm rectangle of film. These documentary shots should offer a fascinating, random portrait of our city and its inhabitants times four.

Ho Tam at Harbourfront Centre’s Photo Passage (235 Queen’s Quay West), to July 7. 416-973-3000.

Ho Tam’s documentary style is beautiful and nostalgic, whether he’s working with moving images or distilling his work into stills. The photographs in his two Harbourfront shows — Passages and The Company Of Men — are culled from film works: women and children making journeys in the New York subways, and businessmen coursing through the Tokyo underground system.

NEW Photography at Olga Korper Gallery (17 Morrow), May 4-29. 416-538-8220.

Witness the bizarre worlds of John Massey. Marvel at the haunted images of Angela Grauerholtz. Also Robert Fones, Stan Denniston, Kelly Wood, Barbara Steinman and more.

Michael Chambers at O’Connor Gallery (97 Maitland), to May 18. 416-921-7149.

Michael Chambers’s nudes are compelling, beautiful and empowering. Shooting intimate portraits of people he knows, he uses a single overhead light source, creating high-contrast images that are stark in both their effect and their meaning.

Beverley Abramson at Prince Arthur Fine Arts (33 Prince Arthur), May 21-June 8. 416-944-2671.

More fully clothed but equally arresting are the people of Cuba as photographed by Beverley Abramson. Each black-and-white shot is a glimpse of a poignant world.

Through Men’s Eyes at the Ryerson Gallery (80 Spadina), to May 25. 416-703-2235.

The Ryerson Gallery has put together a nice show with a range of pieces by classic male photographers. They are such big names that, like certain pop divas and Brazilian soccer stars, they need only one.

Body of Water/Eine.Klein. Sighn at Luft Gallery (1192 Queen West), to May 19 and May 22-June 9. 416-535-6958.

Fifteen female artists contemplate human interactions with water in a postcard series called Body Of Water. This is a solid lineup of artists who are regular contributors to the Toronto art scene. Immediately following is Eine.Klein.Sighn, with standout artist Germaine Koh leading a more conceptual show.

Wendy Wong at Sis Boom Bah (1114 Queen West), May 20-June 8. 416-531-7511.

Wendy Wong’s shots in Real Property, taken around Kirkland Lake, show empty spaces that still reverberate with a human presence, as though the heel of a shoe had been yanked out of the frame a split second before the photo was snapped.

CONTACT 2002 at 134 venues from today (Thursday, May 2) to May 31. See Contact Listings. 416-539-9595.

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