Call for Entries - All About Photo Awards 2020

Michael Weitzman: Morph

Michael Weitzman: Morph
Michael Weitzman: Morph
Last week I installed both galleries with works accepted into RayKo's 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show. And the selecting part was no small feat as there were 5000 entries into the competition. The most we've ever had. This year was special, for more than one reason. Not just the number of entries, which was phenomenal. And not just because it is the 10th anniversary of the show. It could also be the last exhibition at RayKo Photo Center as the owner of the business is moving on after 26 years. So not only did I want to exhibit works by the featured artists from the past nine manifestations of the plastic camera show, but I also wanted it to be a celebration of 10 years of exhibitions of film-based photography and all these artists' commitment to the latent image. Because really, there is something about having to wait to see the results. There is magic inherent in that. And also magic inherent in what these cheap, lo-fi cameras can do. For those of you who don't know what this toy camera business is all about, check out some history on the Diana and the Holga, both made in Hong Kong initially. These were mass-produced, cheap plastic cameras that were embraced by the art world, or at least by some of us in the art world. The cameras often produce surprising and stunning images with their questionable plastic lenses and rarely light-tight plastic bodies (My plastic cameras are more tape than plastic at this point. Not just being held together with bits of electrical tape and black gaffers tape, but the tape also makes these inexpensive cameras light tight...not that the light leaks don't often make the resulting pictures even more interesting).

Which brings me to the challenge I had after installing the galleries. I was walking around revisiting the 93 images in the exhibition, trying to select the prize winners for the show. There was so much great work, so much pushing of boundaries, so much rule breaking, so many beautiful prints, so many creative uses of the plastic camera. I struggled, but with only one best of show label in my hand, I could only award it to one person. This artist is Michael Weitzman, someone whose work I had never seen and who had never submitted to the exhibition before. I kept circling back to his image titled, "Giddy Up," a picture of a what appears to be a Jeep on a dusky road with two unevenly powered headlights and a streak of light or illuminated dust trailing behind the vehicle. A small selenium toned gelatin silver print among sometimes massive archival pigment prints, this tiny image had a voluminous voice. There were many photographs in this exhibition that I was seduced by, but this one, from Weitzman's series "Morph," kept me returning to its place on the wall to wonder at the narrative behind this scene. This was a still from a movie, a lost clip from M*A*S*H*, an escape into the night, a moment from my early adulthood, a dream, a memory...it could be so many things, and that's why it garnered Weitzman the top honor of the show.

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

This is what Michael Weitzman, a self-proclaimed ambassador of film, had to say about plastic cameras and his decision to use them as part of his creative process:

The toy camera is a simple recording device with an emphasis on fun and imperfection. It allows me to be deeply absorbed in a far away place and time where creating new scenarios for the overlooked and insignificant becomes possible. An added benefit is the sheer delight of going under the radar. Unencumbered by complexity and multi functions, the imagination is allowed to roam freely creating new narratives or fictitious circumstances. It is this attempt to recreate lost moments, and past itineraries from youth, that fosters inner connection with which to explore identity. In this way, the toy camera is a metaphor for amusement and personal reflection. The aesthetic of chance, fantasy, and transience work harmoniously.

Well-said, Michael, and congratulations! Stay tuned for more winning images from RayKo's 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show and check out these additional images by our best of show winner!

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman

Michael Weitzman


  Michael Weitzman
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
 

More Photography News

Interview
Exclusive interview with Svetlin Yosifov
Exclusive interview with Svetlin Yosifov
Svetlin Yosifov is a freelance photographer based in Bulgaria. He won the 1st place for the AAP Magazine #9 Shadows with his work 'Mursi People'. We...
  Read More
Event
Finding Your Vision Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Finding Your Vision Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Do you know where you're going next with your photography-or where it's taking you? This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to...
  Read More
Publication
This Is How the Heart Beats by Jake Naughton and Jacob Kushner
This Is How the Heart Beats by Jake Naughton and Jacob Kushner
Same-sex relations are illegal in thirty-two African countries. Most, including Kenya and Uganda, were former British colonies, and the legacy of the...
  Read More
Event
Life Interrupted: A photography exhibition focused on lives altered by circumstance
Life Interrupted: A photography exhibition focused on lives altered by circumstance
The Plaxall Gallery & Long Island City Artists (LIC-A) invite you to join us for the Opening Reception of Life Interrupted curated by Orestes...
  Read More
Publication
PRESENT by Stephan Vanfleteren
PRESENT by Stephan Vanfleteren
Stephan Vanfleteren is mainly known to the general public for his penetrating black & white portrait photography, but over the past decades his work...
  Read More
Best-Of
Best Rising Photographers of January 2020
Best Rising Photographers of January 2020
Here is a selection of a few portfolios for the month of January 2020 from rising photographers we think you should take a look at. We hope you enjoy...
  Read More
Best-Of
Best Modern Photographers of January 2020
Best Modern Photographers of January 2020
New Year, new portfolios! We continue to discover incredible work from photographers that live and travel all around the world. Here is a selection of...
  Read More
Best-Of
Best Photography Grants
Best Photography Grants
Applying for artist grants is a great way for photographers to complement their income to ease the financial burden that often comes as part of being...
  Read More
Event
Announcing photo l.a. 2020 Exhibitors
Announcing photo l.a. 2020 Exhibitors
The 28th edition of photo l.a. would like to proudly welcome you to visit our exhibitors at the historic Barker Hangar, Santa Monica from January 30th...
  Read More
Event
Erik Hijweege : New Habitat
Erik Hijweege : New Habitat
Across the globe, more and more species are in peril. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, over 19,000 species are facing extinction....
  Read More
Equipment
15 Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras Used By Pro Photographers
15 Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras Used By Pro Photographers
To get professional photos is it necessary to have a digital SLR camera with lenses worth thousands of dollars? Sooner or later you will have asked...
  Read More
Interview
Interview with Bill Owen
Interview with Bill Owen
Bill Owens took iconic photos of the Hells Angels beating concertgoers with pool cue sticks at the Rolling Stones' performance during the Altamont...
  Read More
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
Photo Contest - All About Photo Awards 2020
 
Discover the Latest Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
 
 
David Bailey: SUMO
Sponsored Link
 
Explore All About Photo