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! »
Listen to the artist talk about making his 7" x 17" platinum contact prints for the 21st century.
Land levels ... rising? By focusing on a strange natural phenomenon in Alaska, this beautiful and thoughtful series shows how nature always proves more complex than our simplified, politicized understandings of it.
celebrates its recent expansion with a blockbuster exhibition centered on the idea that today's photographers are animated by "a desire to visualize what lies behind the visible and to reveal the component parts of which our perception is actually made." Here is a preview of work by several young Dutch photographers.
For the first time ever, 185 young photographers from throughout R, Ukraine and Belarus, gathered together for an intense and stimulating week in Moscow to meet each other and to get a critical response about their work from a large group of international photography experts. Here are our top picks — representative photographs from 43 of the photographers whose work attracted us the most.