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Automatic Hipster 

Wednesday, Feb 23 2011
You can probably guess the subject of this ridiculous remark: “I enjoy the interaction I have with the app. It makes me happy to use it because it simulates using a vintage camera.” (So much wrong with both sentences; let's gloss it for now.) By “vintage camera,” the speaker means “Holga,” the best crappy plastic cheapo camera ever. Well, and its ilk, including the Diana and the Action Sampler. At the fourth annual “International Juried Plastic Camera Show,” actual film, run through actual boxes, and actually printed on actual paper demonstrate why these contraptions make people “happy to use” them. Discolored, bleary-looking, literally rough around the edges -- the results of these cameras are the Tom Waits of photography. Like him, they were noticed, adored, and haven't been out of favor since. Here, the photos are of particularly high quality, since they were chosen from among hundreds of submissions from this country and others. Enjoy the interaction you have with the real thing.

The opening reception for the “International Juried Plastic Camera Show” starts at 6 p.m.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 3. Continues through April 30, 2011

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