ABOUT THE BOOK Take a tour of the burgeoning world of toy cameras and low-tech photography with Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity. Whether you're an experienced enthusiast or toy camera neophyte, you'll find Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity chock full of tantalizing tips, fun facts and, of course, absolutely striking photographs taken with the lowest tech and simplest tools around.
Contributors include: Michael Ackerman, Jonathan Bailey, Eric Havelock-Baillie, James Balog, Betsy Bell, Susan Bowen, Laura Burlton, David Burnett, Nancy Burson, Perry Dilbeck, Jill Enfield, Annette Fournet, Megan Green, Wesley Kennedy, Teru Kuwayama, Mary Ann Lynch, Anne Arden McDonald, Daniel Miller, Ted Orland, Robert Owen, Becky Ramotowski, Nancy Rexroth, Francisco Mata Rosas, Richard Ross, Franco Salmoiraghi, Michael Sherwin, Harvey Stein, Gordon Stettinius, Mark Sink, Kurt Smith, Sandy Sorlien, Pauline St. Denis.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Michelle Bates has been playing with Holgas since 1991. Since then, she has used these plastic cameras for everything from fine-art to editorial to commercial photography. Her work has won several awards and been published on numerous web magazines, included in toy cameras exhibitions worldwide, and printed in many magazines. She has had solo shows in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles and Israel. Bates has been teaching toy camera workshops since 1998, and currently teaches at the Photographic Center Northwest, the Julia Dean Workshops in Los Angeles, and at the International Center of Photography in New York. She also guest lectures nationwide, and was a featured speaker at the Society for Photographic Education's NW regional conference in 2005. Currently, Michelle Bates is a member of the Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals of Freestyle Photographic Supply. With her history of creating toy camera imagery and activity in the national and international toy camera communities for well over a decade, Michelle Bates is a well-known and respected name in the field.