This Friday, August 1st Robert Holmgren and Joe Reifer will be hosting a show of their toy-camera photographs from 7 – 10 pm at the fabulous Lucky Ju-Ju Pinball Arcade (and Art Gallery) in Alameda. The show is free, and the pinball costs $10 for all-you-can-play. Robert writes:
Since 2005 nearly the only camera I’ve used is a cheap toy camera –the Holga. With a plastic lens, single aperture, and guessed focusing, I produce pictures that hope to triumph over these limitations. Whenever I’m asked why I take pictures with a cheap plastic camera I find myself giving an answer something along the lines of, ‘Well, aesthetically I’m conceptualizing an alternative to the dominant form of image capture vis a vis the digital realm’. The reality is closer to ‘I don’t know’, but the answer likely to be somewhere around same reasons that people fix-up old cars, brew their own beer or play the ukulele. It’s low art with outsized dreams.