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! »
wondered what it would feel like to be naked in the big city. So she embarked on a project of self-portraits in some unlikely public places.
“Real” weddings in Campania, Italy are choreographed and produced to look as lavish and over-the-top as an Italian soap operas or American reality TV. Stefano De Luigi's photo series captures the wedding fantasy industry in action.
Berlin-based critic and conceptual artistcollects and re-uses photographs that other people throw away. Appropriating these discarded, ripped, and mundane photographs, he creates artwork that is alluring, intriguing, and captivating. He speaks about his passion for visual trash, in a great, exclusive audio interview.
Dramatic, yet also intimate, black-and-white images capture daily life within prisons scattered throughout Belgium, challenging us to consider how we treat the wayward members of our society.