Submissions are closed as of June 29, 2016

September-October 2016

Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery Annex and Washington Street Art Center

Christopher James

The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its fourth annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography.

Images of any subject matter, made with a “toy” camera – any low-tech, limited-control camera such as pinhole, Holga, Diana/Diana clones, Brownies, Anscos, disposable cameras – are eligible. This year we also welcome images made with digital holgas, and certain hybrid devices, such as plastic cameras that have been modified to shoot plate film, or outfitted with modified shutters or digital chips. The key criteria are plastic lenses and a lack of reliable exposure control. Straight Polaroid-type images or images made with cell phones or digital cameras (other than digital Holga) will not be considered.

Deadline for submission: June 29, 2016
Photographers will be notified by: July 15, 2016
Work must be received by: August 27, 2016

All shows will open in September. Exact dates and related events to be determined. The final placement of work will be decided by the organizing committee. Accepted pieces should be delivered to the respective gallery ready to install. Artists are responsible for cost of shipping to and from the gallery.


Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose photographs, paintings, and alternative process printmaking have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad. His work has been published and shown extensively, including exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston. Represented by the Lee Witkin Gallery in New York City for over two decades he has also shown at Pace-McGill (NYC), Contrasts Gallery (London), Michelle Chomette (Paris), Hartje Gallery (Berlin), and Photokina (Germany). He has published extensively including Aperture, Camera (Switzerland), American Photographer, and Interview magazine and in books such as The Antiquarian Avant Garde and Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print (China).

All three editions of his book The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes have received international critical acclaim and are universally recognized by artists, curators, historians, and educators as the definitive texts in the genre of alternative process photography and photographically integrated media and culture. A significantly expanded 900 page/700 image, 3rd edition was published in 2015. Christopher, after 13 years at Harvard University, is presently University Professor and Director of the MFA in Photography program at Lesley University College of Art and Design. He received his Master’s from the Rhode Island School of Design and is also a painter, graphic designer, and a professional scuba diver.