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Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity 
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208 pages 
Focal Press 
Published 2006 
Book Description 
Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity is the first comprehensive and inspirational resource for toy camera photographers of all levels. This volume brings together the world of toy camera photography, including the history of their use, exhaustive instructions, tips and tricks on how you can get the most out of Holgas and other choice cameras, advanced camera modifications, darkroom and presentation information, and resources for your continued research and sharing. Approximately 30 contributors are included representing the worlds of fine art, commercial, fashion, documentary, photojournalism, and portraiture. The book is chock full of full color and black and white images.  
Michael Ackerman, Jonathan Bailey, James Balog, Betsy Bell, Susan Bowen, Laura Burlton, David Burnett, Nancy Burson, Perry Dilbeck, Annette Fournet, Megan Green, Eric Havelock-Bailie, 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, Mark Sink, Kurt Smith, Sandy Sorlien, Pauline St. Denis, Harvey Stein, Gordon Stettinius  
*The first toy camera guide written by the internationally known Holga Queen 
*Full color, fabulous images illustrate what can be done with toys, for fun or professionally 
*Step-by-step examples clearly explain how techniques are achieved  
About the Author 
Michelle Bates has been playing with Holgas since 1991. She first discovered them at the Maine Photographic Workshops, where they are used as a teaching tool. Aside from several workshops there, she has continued studying photography with courses at the Photographic Center Northwest and the Coupeville Arts Center.  
Bates Holga photographs have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions around the US and internationally, including at the International Center of Photography bookstore, in Italy and Japan. Solo shows of her work have taken place in Seattle and in Israel (see resume). In 1997, Bates researched and helped produce Alternate View, a newsletter about toy cameras for the Maine Photographic Workshops. She was featured in this publication, as well as other print and web sites by Calumet Photographic, Cachet Photographic, EyeCaramba, PhotoCentral, the Toy camera Homepage, SHOTS Magazine and the Jerusalem Post. Bates has received awards from PhotoCentral and several print awards from the Golden Light Awards, as well as being named in their Top 100 Photographers each year she entered. Currently, Michelle Bates is a member of the Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals of Freestyle Photographic Supply, which features board members and their publications extensively in their catalogs and on their web site, as well as arranging exhibitions, lectures and workshops at their Hollywood facility and at trade shows nationwide.  
Bates teaches toy camera workshops in Seattle and around the Northwest (as a sometimes faculty member of the Photographic Center Northwest, at the Coupeville Arts Center and the Cascades Academy of Photography), and had one scheduled at the Santa Fe Workshops. She guest lectures regularly at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and ICP in New York, has been invited to speak at the Maine Photographic Workshops and is a member of the Society of Photographic Educators.  
With her long history of creating toy camera imagery and activity in the national and international toy camera community for well over a decade, Michelle Bates is a well-known and respected name in the field.
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