About the Festival
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 sixth annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival takes place in September, 2017.
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 turning obsolete pay phone boxes all over the city into public art installations was our mayor's idea. All this, and a thriving photography scene too (and we still have 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!
STCF was one of Elin Spring's "Best Photo Picks for September 2017" -- we're thrilled to be in such great company!
2016 Festival Media Coverage:
The Evolving Critic: From Diana to Pinhole Cameras as the Somerville Toy Camera Festival
What Will You Remember?: Pick One, Any One
Cambridge Day: Weekend Pick for Sept 9-11
2015 Festival Media Coverage:
Somerville Times: Somerville Toy Camera Festival Clicks on at the Nave Gallery Annex
What Will You Remember? (Elin Spring): Adults with Toys
Boston Metro: Old-School Effects at Somerville Photo Fest (page 4)
PDExposures Plastic Imagery Podcast (interview with STCF organizing committee members Susan and Bonnie)
2014 Festival Media Coverage:
Artscope: Somerville Toy Camera Festival
BDC Wire: Toying with Creativity at the Somerville Toy Camera Festival
Boston Globe: Lifestyle "Names" Column | Metro North Best Bets | Boston-Area To-Do List Pick of the Day
Boston Magazine: Eight Must-See Arts & Entertainment Events in June
Somerville Times: Second Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival