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Holga Queen, Michelle Bates, got hooked on plastic cameras in 1991. Since then she's had international shows, she teaches workshops, and she's just published a new book: Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity. See some of her images and listen to her talk passionately about the utter joys of inexpensive cameras.

About Michelle Bates

MICHELLE BATES

Telephone: 206.528.0855
Email: michelle@michellebates.net
Mailing address: P.O. Box 593, Vashon Island, WA 98070

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Soho Photo Gallery, "20 Years of Toying with Creativity," New York, March 2011
Rayko Photo, Featured artist during Plastic Camera Show, San Francisco, CA, Feb 2011
University of Portland Buckley Gallery, "On the Road," Portland, OR, Aug-Sep 2010
Benham Gallery, "Exquisite Decay," Seattle, WA, Nov-Dec, 2009
Cameraworks Gallery, Portland, OR, Sep-Oct 2009
Creative Center for Photography, "Toying with Creativity", Los Angeles, CA, Feb-Apr, 2007
Gallery 070, Vashon, WA, June 2005
Blue Heron Arts Center, "After the Fire," Vashon, WA, October, 2001
Lelavision Gallery, "Celebration of Fire," Seattle, June, 2001
Odeum Gallery, Pioneer Square, Seattle, April 2000
Take 2 Gallery, "New Plastic Camera Work by Michelle Bates," Seattle, May, 1997
Abarbanel Gallery, "Through a Plastic Lens," Tel Aviv, Israel, October, 1996
Luna Gallery, "Views of the World," Pioneer Square, Seattle, March, 1996

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

"Nine Photographers to Watch from the Pacific NW" Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, Dec 2007-Apr 2008 - 26 pieces in large group show.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

"Holga Inspire," Michigan, Interlochen School of the Arts, Dec 2012
"Holga Inspire,"Chicago Photo Center, Oct 2012
"Holga Inspire," San Francisco, Photobooth, Sep-Oct 2012
"Holga 30th Anniversary Exhibition" at Center for Alternative Photography, New York, September 2012
"Holga Inspire," Durango, CO, Open Shutter Gallery, summer 2012
"Holga Inspire," Soho Photo Gallery, New York, March 2012
"Holga Inspire," Center for Fine Art Photography, CO, fall 2011
"Low Tech/High Art," Business of Photography Center, CO, fall 2011
"Holga Inspire," Gallery at The Icon, Los Angeles, March 2011
"PCNW Faculty Exhibition," Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Oct 2010
"Holga Inspire," Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, Sep 2010
"Holga Inspire," Gallery at Hallmark Institute of Photography, MA, May 2010
"Carnival," Newspace Photo, Portland, OR, Feb 2010
"Holga Inspire," Umbrella Arts, New York, NY, Dec 2009-Jan 2010
"Moisture Festival 2005-2009," Hale's Brewery, Seattle, Nov-Dec 2009
"Holga Inspire," TCC Photo Gallery, Longview, TX, Sep-Oct 2009
"Curious Camera," ArtsEye Gallery, Tucson, AZ, May-July 2009
"Holgagraphie," Atelier Freier Fotographen, Berlin, Germany, May 2009
"Range of Possibilities," Penland Gallery, North Carolina, Mar-May, 2009
"Holga Inspire," Photo Imaging Expo, Bangkok, Thailand, March 2009
"Only in Washington," WA State Convention Center, Seattle, October 2008-May 2009
"From the Playa to City Parks...BRAF Paves the Way!" Black Rock Arts Foundation @ McKinley Arts & Cultural Center, Reno, NV, Oct-Nov 2008
"21 Days of Black Rock City," Creator's Equity Foundation @ Marin French Cheese Factory, Petaluma, CA, June-July 2008 --18 large-format prints created at artist residency; 9 photographers total.
"Abstractions in the Landscape," New Orleans Darkroom: May-September, 2008
"Krappy Kamera X," Soho Photo Gallery, New York, March 2008 - 1st Place
"Elements of Photography," John Jellico Gallery, Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, March 2008
"Cheap Shots - The Low Tech of High Art" Photographic Center Northwest, Seatte, November 2007
"Toy Joy" London Hair Company, Houston, TX, March-April 2006
"City TTL," Caffe al Teatro, Prato, Italy, July 2003
"Toy Stories," Orange County Center for Contemporary Art Santa Ana, CA, Nov. 1998-Jan 1999
"The Fun Show," Blue Heron Arts Center, Vashon, WA, January 1998, 4 artist exhibition
"Plastic Fantastic," E3 Gallery, New York, September-October 1997
"artsEdge," Seattle Center, Seattle, June 1997, Festival for emerging & innovative art
"Reverse Technology" Benham Gallery, Seattle, June, 1997
"Contemporary Vision with the Plastic Camera," PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA, May 1997
"Four Women Photographers" Moss Bay Gallery, Kirkland, WA, December 1996
"SHOTS Show" Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, Texas, August, 1996, Best of SHOTS Magazine
"The Holga Show." Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, March 1995
"Holga Works" International Center of Photography bookstore gallery, New York, August, 1994

AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS & HONORS

Freestyle Photographic, Inc, member Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals, 2003-current
"Holga Inspire," Featured photographer on website published by Holga Limited, Hong Kong, 2009-current
Lomographic Society's online Magazine, June 2012
TEDxRainier, Seattle, speaker, Nov 2011 & 2012
"Exposure," Magazine of the Society for Photographic Education, feature article, Winter 2011
"Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity" (Focal Press), authored Second Edition, October 2010
"Photo Media Magazine," 2-page portfolio and article, Winter 2010 issue
15' x 60' Banner on 42nd St, Times Square, NY. Images of Flaming Idiots for New Victory Theater run, Dec 2009
"Moisture Festival 2005-2009," Book of images from Seattle festival (one of 3 photographers), Nov 2009
"Shutterbug Magazine," Reader's Corner feature about my website, Oct 2009
Light Leaks Magazine, images included in several issues
Krappy Kamera Competition: Soho Photo, NY, First Place image, March 2008
"Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity", Authored book on toy cameras published by Focal Press, October 2006
"Elements of Photography," Angela Faris-Belt, Focal Press, 2008. 4-page spread with images & text.
"Photographic Possibilities," Robert Hirsch, Focal Press, 2008
Photographic Center Northwest Faculty & Student book, 2008
Silvershotz, International Journal of Fine Art Photography: featured artist, November, 2005. 6 pages, 13 images.
"Creative Vision: Digital & Traditional Methods for Inspiring Innovative Photography," Jeremy Webb, AVA Publishing, 2005. 3 pages, images & text
Eyecaramba, featured artist on web magazine, May, 1999: www.eyecaramba.com
Artist Trust GAP Grant Recipient, 1998, one of 3 photography grants given in Washington State
Calumet Photographic: Photographic Artist's Catalog & Newsletter, Featured artist in 1998
The Ernst Haas/Golden Light Awards, Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME
1997 First Place, Humor Category, Second Place, Holga Category, Print Competition
1996 Third Place, Print Competition, Holga Category
1995-98, 2003 Named one of The Top 100 Photographers in competition
First Light Photographics Award, PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA, May, 1997
Cachet Photographic web site, featured article & 10 images in Artist's Corner, 1997
Form and Magic, Contemporary Vision with the Plastic Camera, published 1997 by PhotoCentral, CA
"Alternate View," Researched & featured in publication by the Maine Photographic Workshops, 1997

TEACHING, GUEST LECTURING

Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, workshop teacher, faculty, 1998-current
Newspace Photo, Portland, OR, workshop instructor 2008-current
Rayko Photo, San Francisco, CA, workshop instructor, ongoing
Academy of Art: San Francisco, regular guest lecturer, 1996-current
Interlochen School of the Arts, Michigan, 2012
Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, workshop instructor, 2009 & 2012
PhotoNOLA, New Orleans, workshop instructor, December 2010
Photo Plus Expo, New York, Seminar presenter, October 2010
Project Basho, Philadelphia, workshop instructor, October 2010, 2012
Society for Photographic Education National Conference, March 2010
f295 Symposium, Pittsburgh, presenter & workshop instructor, 2009
B&H Photo, New York, speaker & workshop instructor, 2009
SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA: Guest lecturer, 2008
Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME: Workshop instructor, 2008
Julia Dean Workshops, Los Angeles: Workshop instructor, 2007-9
New Orleans Photo Alliance & ASMP Foundation, New Orleans: Workshop instructor & guest lecturer, 2008
Foundry Arts Center, St Charles, MO: Workshop instructor, exhibition juror, 2008
International Center of Photography: New York, workshop instructor, guest lecturer, 2007
Creative Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA: Guest lecturer, 2007
Society for Photographic Education, NW Regional Conference: presenter, October, 2005
Artist Trust EDGE program for Professional Development for Visual Artists: presenter, 2005 & 2006
Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe NM (workshop scheduled)

OTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE

Michelle Bates Photography: photographic services for visual and performing artists,1995-present
Jennifer Loomis Photography: Seattle & San Francisco, photographer of pregnant women & families, 2005-present
The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, EastsideWeek, The Writing Self, contributing photographer 1995-2000

ARTS MANAGEMENT & COMMUNITY ARTS INVOLVEMENT

New Old Time Chautauqua: Board of Directors, 2010
Vashon Allied Arts: Vashon, WA, Board of Directors, 2000-2004
Vashon Island Arts Council: Steering Committee Member, 2000-2004
Islewilde! Performance Festival: Vashon, WA, Steering Committee Member, 1997-2003
Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Allied Arts: Visual Arts Coordinator, 1997 – 2000
Take 2 Photo Gallery: Fremont, Gallery Manager, 1997 (gallery closed)

EDUCATION

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Bachelor of Arts in Biology,
University of Stirling, Scotland, Junior Year Abroad
Maine Photographic Workshops, Maine, Work-study
Photographic Center Northwest & Coupeville Arts Center, WA, Photo Workshops 1993-2008

Read more
Michelle Bates's Projects on LensCulture
Michelle Bates's Books