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! »
A photojournalism-centric festival in France that exhibits great work from around the world while continuing to explore new business models for a struggling field.
From Civil War re-enactors who have faced hundreds of deaths to extraordinarily imaginative Fruit Loop landscapes to a dark, dreamy Night Journey—these three prize winners present a dazzling array of work that's well worth diving into!
re-photographed x-rays of art objects from antiquity. Since x-rays map both the inner and outer surfaces of a subject, these mysterious images offer yet another dimension with which to appreciate ancient objects and the artists who made them — hinting at the continuous presence of the past contained within all things.
Cyanotype portraits of strangers from the streets of South Korea are cropped and printed in a special way to focus on the isolated, solitary faces — as if each is just one raindrop in a monsoon.