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Somerville Toy Camera Festival 2019
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Entry Deadline: 6/25/19
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Entry Fee (Somerville Toy Camera Festival 2019): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: Massachusetts

September-October 2019

Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery, and Washington Street Gallery

Gordon Stettinius (,

The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its sixth annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography.

Images of any subject matter, made with a “toy” camera – any low-tech camera with no or very limited exposure control, such as pinhole, Holga, Diana/Diana clones, Brownie, Ansco, disposable cameras – are eligible. The key criteria are plastic lenses and a lack of reliable exposure control. Straight Polaroid-type images, or images made with cell phones, digital cameras, or film cameras with full exposure control (such as the Lomo LC series), will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: June 24, 2019
Photographers will be notified by: July 20, 2019
Selected work must be received by: August 31, 2019

All shows will open by September (TBA), with opening receptions taking place (TBA).

The final placement of work will be decided by the organizing committee. Accepted pieces must be delivered to the respective gallery framed and wired for hanging (or ready and equipped for display, in the case of viewing devices, constructions, etc). Artists are responsible for cost of shipping to and from the gallery.

– There is a $25 submission fee per artist.
- Submission and Payment is made through the CaFÉ only, no email entries.
– A maximum of five pieces may be entered for consideration

About our juror:

Gordon Stettinius is a photographer, educator, editor and publisher living and working in Richmond, Virginia. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally for nearly thirty years and his photography can be found in numerous private and public collections. He is represented by Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and Robin Rice Gallery in New York. He is also an emeritus member of 1708 Gallery.

Back in 1991, Stettinius bought a Holga camera from a guy in a parking lot in Tucson, Arizona. It wasn't supposed to be a big deal, really it was just for a few laughs. But things escalated pretty quickly from there.  Later, there was a guy named Victor, who traveled throughout the southwest buying old neon and selling it to buyers from Japan. Victor was also a camera picker and so became a hookup for Diana cameras and other experimental off-brand or bakelite contraptions. Through the years, plastic cameras have been essential to two of Stettinius' ongoing projects, Miss Americana and Gord Is Dead

Jump cut to recent years, in 2010 Stettinius founded an independent publishing imprint, Candela Books, and soon after opened Candela Gallery, in Richmond, dedicated to exhibiting photography. Candela Books has published eight titles to date and is currently working on its ninth and tenth titles, due out late 2020. Candela Gallery is in its ninth year now with a mission of bringing notable photography to Richmond and elevating the discourse around contemporary photography, through its exhibition programs, film screenings and collaborations with other community partners.



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