Since 2013, the Somerville Toy Camera Festival has celebrated the quirky and creative results that can happen when photographers are forced to loosen their controls, submit to the light and embrace the accidental. Each year since, the Festival has brought a wide range of toy camera photography by US and international artists together in simultaneous shows at galleries throughout the city, and featured related programming including artist talks/panel discussions, workshops, social events, and a darkroom day. The seventh annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival takes place in September 2019, will be curated by Gordon Stettinius, and will be hosted in three locations: Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery, and Washington Street Gallery!
Submissions are now open for you to submit your work for a chance to be included in this iconic festival! The Deadline for submissions is June 24th, 2019! Submit Here!
Somerville, MA, the hippest city of squares going, is second only to NYC in number of artists-per-capita, and our culture-loving residents – alongside those from Cambridge, Boston, and other neighboring/nearby cities and towns – count on us for an important part of a balanced arts diet. The many exhibition and performance venues, artists' studios/co-ops, and maker spaces crammed into our 4.2 square miles can't contain all our creative energy – we regularly bust out into the streets with a range of arts-focused festivals and "quirky" events. And it’s not just the artists who embrace the arts; turning obsolete pay phone boxes all over the city into public art installations was our mayor's idea. With all this, and a thriving photography scene too (with several film labs to choose from within 5 miles), Somerville is a great place to live and work, and a great place to have your photos exhibited!
About the 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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