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! »
Brilliantly calculated long exposures of the sun, made with paper negatives in a custom-made large format camera, force the sun to physically burn a trace of its arc into each photograph by American photographer. His new book is our favorite photobook of 2012.
Unique constructions of mural-size 35mm "contact prints" require each frame of every roll of 35 mm color film to precisely record a tiny segment of the larger whole — and then the artist gets a bit playful.
See the photographs and accompanying artists' statements that won prizes in the 2012 Single Image category.
Take a dive into our extensive preview of this exciting contemporary art fair! Our editors have carefully selected 59 images which can be viewed in a full-screen slideshow. These offer just a taste of what will be showing in Paris!