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! »
This book, created to accompany the exhibit at ICP, provides a subjective and lively overview of contemporary Japanese lens-based art. The work of 13 artists is presented, along with personal and insightful interviews with each artist.
Drawing from a collection of over 250,000 images, this wonderfully rich and varied exhibition makes clear how the versatility, imagination and innovation that fuels today's photography have been present in the art form since its birth.
The text of this award-winning photo story begins, "When he was five, his daddy was hanged for murder..." Based on a true story. Great!