RayKo's 3rd Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show

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Yo Yo, 2009 Gelatin Silver Print 20x20" © 2009
Into the Mist, 2010 Archival Pigment Print © 2011 Ryan Notch Photography
RayKo's 3rd Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show
Curated by: Ann Jastrab, Ann Jastrow

428 Third St
San Francisco, CA 94107
February 26th, 2010 - April 17th, 2010
Opening: February 26th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mon: Closed | Tues - Thurs: 10a-10p | Fri - Sun: 10a-8p


RayKo’s Third Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show includes strange and stunning images made by the winners of this competition. Photographers from all over the Bay Area as well as national and international entries are featured in this dynamic exhibit. There were even more entries than last year, yet somehow we whittled it down to less than a hundred stellar pieces. Why is the plastic camera so popular now? Is it because the toy camera is a backlash to this digital age of photography? It could be nostalgia for the soft, square pictures with vignetted edges. It could just be nostalgia for film and the latent image- you actually have to wait to see what you shot! Or it could be love of the creak of the cheap plastic dial as you wind it, wondering if it will break off. It could be too that we all missed the simple freedom of making pictures that aren’t perfect, that don’t have to be sharp or real or saturated or taken with a camera that costs thousands of dollars. All you need is $25 (or less) and a roll of film, and you’re in business.

Also highlighted in this exhibition is the work of Czech artist, Michael Borek, who was an obsessed technical perfectionist when it came to his photography, and then he met Holga*. And his life was never the same. She helped him let go and took him to the realm where imperfection and lack of predictability--thanks to her light leaks and lack of focus--can be inspiring. Borek did not know where this would take him, but he has enjoyed this journey. Instead of agonizing over his art, he was like a child playing with his favorite toy. Borek almost felt guilty…and then realized he might be part of a revolution…

*The Holga is a plastic medium format camera that has limited controls, a fixed focal length lens, and, luckily for artists everywhere, each one is unique…