Every year, our friends at RayKo in San Francisco sponsor a plastic camera competition. It's open to artists anywhere in the world who are working with plastic cameras with plastic lenses. As they say, "The more obsolete, flawed, and lo-tech, the better. Beautiful prints from less-than-gorgeous cameras — that’s what we’re looking for! "
All of the winners get the chance to be part of a group exhibition at the RayKo Gallery — by far the biggest show of the year.
We're happy to show some of the highlights from last year's winners here in this slideshow.
And if you use plastic cameras with limited controls, such as Diana, Holga, Lubitel, Lomo, Banner, and Ansco, consider submitting your best work. The Call for Entries is open now for the 2014 competition. Deadline for Submissions: January 7th, 2014.
Enter the RayKo 7th Annual Plastic Camera Show! »
Using old chemical techniques, traces of time, light and energy are merged onto the photosensitive paper and grow intriguingly visible as deformed and beautifully palpable images.
Paris-based artistcombines quirky hand-cut paper masks with surreptitious photographs of strangers in city streets.
12 world-famous photographers, ranging from Philip-Lorca diCorcia to Rinko Kawauchi and David Maisel were commissioned by the international art institution Ivorypress to create contemporary views of the ancient, mystical city of Toledo — with astounding results.
This book presents a journey through the history of the photobook in Spain—offering new views on everything from the Spanish Civil War to the London punk scene. One of our favorite catalogues for 2014.